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NPR President John Lansing to tackle reporting in an 'age of disinformation' in annual UK journalism lecture

UK School of Journalism

A veteran executive and journalist with ties to Kentucky, Lansing stepped into the top perch at NPR in 2019.

Tonight, his address – delivered over Zoom – is entitled “Bearing Witness in the Age of Disinformation: Public Service Journalism and Why It Matters More Than Ever.”

Under Lansing’s leadership, NPR has focused on reaching new audiences, both on the technical side with a greater emphasis on smart speakers and connected cars, and in its hiring and reporting.

In January 2020, Lansing made expanding diversity of the NPR audience the network’s number one goal, saying the news outlet cannot embrace diversity in content if “we don’t do it in our workplaces, in our newsrooms and our board rooms.”

As for his Kentucky connection, the NPR president started his news career at age 17 as a technician and cameraman at WPSD-TV in Paducah.

The lecture can be viewed via this Zoom link at 6 p.m. Monday night.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.