She will move over from the New York Times, where she has been senior vice president and general manager ofNYTimes.com. She previously served as senior vice president and general manager of the Discovery Times Channel and senior vice president of CNN Productions.
"With more than 20 years of experience in the media industry, Vivian is a talented and proven leader with superb skills and roots in the news business," said Howard Stevenson, chairman of NPR’s board of directors. "Her inclusive management style and operational expertise have garnered superior results at every step of her career."
Vivian has been deeply involved with the News Literacy Project since its inception in late 2008. "I look forward to introducing NPR to the important work of the News Literacy Project," she said. "The relationship that NPR member stations have in their community is wonderfully compatible with the project’s plans to partner with schools nationwide."