NPR's news chief exits post

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WASHINGTON -- National Public Radio's top news executive has resigned, but will stay with NPR as its ombudsman, the nonprofit organization announced Friday.

William Marimow resigned last week as NPR's vp for news and information, where he was responsible for shows such as "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition," NPR spokeswoman Andi Sporkin said.

He accepted a job this week as ombudsman, in which he will serve as a liaison for listeners, Sporkin said. He succeeds Jeffrey Dvorkin, who left the job in August.

Marimow, who joined NPR in 2004, was named vice president for news and information in February, overseeing a news-gathering operation with about 350 employees and 36 domestic and international bureaus.

Before joining NPR, he spent a decade at the Baltimore Sun, first as managing editor and then as editor. He also spent 21 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he won two Pulitzer Prizes for reports on abuses by the city's police department.

Marimow's replacement has not been named. His resignation comes less than a month after Kevin Klose, NPR's chief executive since 1998, stepped down from his job and was replaced by his top lieutenant, Ken Stern.

Klose remains NPR's president and a board member.
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