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Welcome NPR’s Joyce Slocum, The New President And CEO Of TPR

Sal Sessa

Texas Public Radio is happy to announce that after a nationwide search, Joyce Slocum will become the new president and CEO of the organization beginning January 6, 2014.

Slocum, a native of Dallas, Texas, comes to San Antonio from NPR, where she currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing legal, human resources, engineering, IT, facilities and consumer products. Slocum also served NPR for nine months in 2011 as Interim President and CEO, where she strengthened the organization’s commitment to journalism and station relations, and expanded NPR’s commitment to digital services.

Slocum says she is excited to return to Texas to work with the staff and board of TPR. After more than five years at NPR’s headquarters, she says she is eager to interact with the public radio community in a new way, and to work at a station that’s making a difference at the local level.

“It's a tremendous honor to be asked to lead Texas Public Radio,” Slocum says. “I'm delighted to join the wonderful team in building on the momentum to make TPR a vital resource to the community and a preeminent voice regarding the news, events and culture of the region.”

Her arrival comes as TPR reaches new audience and fundraising heights, continues to increase its online presence, and expands into additional communities in Texas with new stations in Snyder and Llano.

Paul Haaga, NPR’s acting president and CEO, praised Slocum’s tenure at NPR:

"Joyce has made many contributions to NPR over the years, including her pioneering work within our legal division during her time as general counsel, serving as interim president and CEO in 2011, supporting our board of directors as secretary, and leading the teams that moved NPR into our new building under budget and ahead of schedule. We will certainly miss her at NPR but are thrilled she is staying in the public radio family."

Prior to joining NPR, Joyce Slocum served as General Counsel at HIT Entertainment, a producer of children’s television programming, and as Supervising Attorney at Dallas-based 7-Eleven. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University (B.A.) and the St. Louis University School of Law (J.D.).

Her community involvement includes serving as a USA Film Festival board member, and work with the Texas Motion Picture Alliance to successfully lobby the Texas legislature to fund production incentives for filmmakers in the Lone Star State.