NPR president to speak Sept. 27

Gary E. Knell, the president and CEO of National Public Radio, will speak to the Akron Press Club luncheon on Sept. 27. His topic is the role of public media in a democracy.

This event will be held Kent State University.

Since 2011, Knell has overseen NPR’s worldwide media operations, including its partnerships with WKSU and 900 other public radio stations. The network operates dozens of bureaus around the country and the world, and serves some 26 million on-air listeners a month and 23 million on-line.

Before joining NPR, Knell was CEO of the Sesame Workshop for 12 years and helped focus the organization on its worldwide mission. That included creating co-productions in South Africa, India, Northern Ireland and Egypt. He also was managing director of a multimedia publishing company in Hong Kong and Singapore, general counsel to WNET in New York and counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Knell is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



Speaker: NPR President Gary E. Knell.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Program follows.

Place:  Note that this lunch will be held at the Kent State University Student Center Ballroom balcony, 1075 Risman Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

Cost: $15 for Press Club and WKSU members, $20 for non-members, parking will be validated.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, e-mail or go to

Reservation deadline: 11 a.m. Sept. 25.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit for membership information.