Keith Woods, NPR Vice President for Diversity, To Speak At UNCA

Sep 26, 2016

Keith Woods, NPR Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations, will speak at UNC Asheville October 6.

Keith Woods, NPR Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations, who leads the development of National Public Radio’s vision and strategy for diversity, and writes regularly on race and the media, will give a free public talk on Dog Whistles, Diversity and Election 2016 at 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall on Thursday, October 6. This event is presented in partnership by UNC Asheville's Center for Diversity Education, the university's Department of Mass Communication, and WCQS.

Woods' visit to Asheville at the invitation of WCQS, comes just one month before the election and he will discuss campaign coverage, including how matters of "difference" have been amplified, as well as how NPR and its stations attempt to address issues in a serious and innovative fashion. As president for diversity for news and operations, Woods focuses on helping the network and its member stations strengthen the breadth and depth of diversity in content, staff, audience and the work environment. 

WCQS General Manager and CEO says, " Keith Woods has taught us that as public radio journalists, we should constantly confront questions around how we handle matters of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and identity, class, faith, and ideology. With Keith's help, at WCQS we're going to push ourselves to think harder and more clearly about the choices we're making around some of the more difficult issues we cover in Western North Carolina.

Woods joined NPR in February 2010 after 15 years at the Poynter Instiute, a nonprofit school of journalism owned by The Tampa Bay Times. He spent his last five years at Poynter as its dean of faculty and has taught writing and reporting on race relations, ethics and diversity, and was previously the institute's director of diversity. He regularly writes and speaks on race and media and is the co-author of The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity published by Columbia University Press in 2006. Before joining Poynter, Woods spent 16 years at The Times-Picayune as a sportswriter, news reporter, city editor, editorial writer, and columnist.

For more information about the October 6 talk, contact Deborah Miles, director of UNC Asheville's Center for Diversity Education, at 828.232.5024 or