Having a National Public Radio studio in Los Angeles (well, Culver City) and "Day to Day" produced here has raised California's profile on NPR immensely. L.A. writers, commentators and stories are on all the time. I like the show, though there are rumblings that not everyone in the NPR sphere appreciates it. Anyway, the flagship show of NPR West is getting a new boss. Leith Bishop, currently the executive producer for "Talk of the Nation," is coming out this summer to take over for J.J. Sutherland at "Day to Day." I don't know whether there's a backstory to the change, but here's the email going around NPR:
Leith Bishop has been hired as the new Executive Producer of Day to Day.
Leith Bishop's career at NPR has been marked with her success at the helm of Talk of the Nation for the last two years. She presided over a change in the sound of TOTN reflecting news needs post-911. Leith has also worked on special projects for NPR including the Democratic Presidential debates in Des Moines Iowa, the coverage of the war in Iraq, a co production with the BBC of an international call-in program from London and the July 4th celebration of jazz from Battery Park in New York. Before that Leith spent several years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a Senior Producer of the clever award winning " As it Happens" a daily current affairs show.
Leith Bishop will take over on Day to Day at NPR WEST later this summer.
Leith Bishop has been hired to fill the position to be vacated by JJ Sutherland who has requested to move back to headquarters and assume a new role at NPR EAST.