Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: October 16, 2012

The New York Times has profiled NPR’s Morning Edition Team. 

The story gives a pretty interesting behind the scenes look at the dual anchors who actually work from Washington DC and California.  Morning Edition is the highest rated news program on the radio dial, but its only possible to provide this service if listeners help support WOSU.  Our Fall Membership Drive is underway and we need your help to contribute to quality journalism you hear every day on 89.7 NPR News in central Ohio.  

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    The premise is faulty. NPR does not depend on federal funds. Local stations depend on federal funds and that’s where federal funds go. Each local station is governed by its own local community and provides programming for its local community per its local board policies and its community advisory boards, based on local needs and interests. Each station chooses to buy, or not buy, programs from individual production companies and producers, for example, American Public Media, Public Media International, NPR, Association of Independents in Public radio, etc. Each station also produces its own programs. Some local stations, mostly in rural and smaller communities, depend on federal funds for up to 50% of their budget. Stations in the larger markets may get less than 5% federal funds. So to cut federal dollars is to prevent the smallest communities the opportunity to have locally controlled public media. Based on the facts, the discussion is very different from the one being presented.