New York Public Radio Appoints Andrew Golis As Chief Content Officer

Charlie Sykes WNYC Minnesota Public Radio IndivisibleNew York Public Radio has announced the appointment of Andrew Golis as its Chief Content Officer.

Golis joins NYPR from Vox Media where he served as General Manager of Vox.com and the Vice President of Network Development. He has also served as Director of Digital Media and a Senior Editor for PBS’ Frontline, Entrepreneur in Residence at The Atlantic, Founder and CEO of This, and Blog Editor and Political Editor of Yahoo News.

At NYPR he will oversee the content strategy and development for Public News/Talk 93.9 WNYC-FM/820 WNYC, Classical 105.9 WQXR, Gothamist.com, and the WNYC Studios podcast and syndication arm. An emphasis will be placed on “positioning WNYC News as a model of how public radio newsrooms can help reinvigorate struggling local news ecosystems across the country”.

Golis fills the opening created by Dean Cappello’s exit last summer after losing some of his duties in the aftermath of sexual harassment allegations surrounding multiple WNYC hosts.

New York Public Radio announced today that digital media executive Andrew Golis has been named Chief Content Officer of WNYC.

In this role, Golis will lead all content efforts—from editorial strategy and program development to the continued integration of digital and radio—across WNYC News, WNYC Radio, and WNYC Studios. He will be responsible for setting a strategy and vision for how WNYC can more powerfully tell stories across platforms, positioning WNYC News as a model of how public radio newsrooms can help reinvigorate struggling local news ecosystems across the country. He will also be responsible for leading WNYC Studios, the organization’s podcasting and national program distribution arm, crafting and driving an editorial vision that continues to innovate on audio storytelling and amplify underrepresented voices.

“At this moment when local news is threatened, the financial model for journalism is turbulent and the podcasting space is more crowded than ever, we need a content leader who can build on our strong legacy of trusted journalism, conversation and storytelling while also charting a visionary path forward—and Andrew is the right person to lead the charge,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio. “He has worked at the forefront of digital media with deep experience working across content platforms, but also brings fluency with traditional media and podcasting. As we grow our digital portfolio and aspire to serve more audiences, I am thrilled to welcome Andrew to WNYC.”

“With its reporting on our city and the communities in and around it, WNYC taught me and millions of others what it means to be a New Yorker,” said Golis. “And it’s taught our entire industry how smart and beautiful audio storytelling on the air or on your podcast app can be. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from and support this extraordinary team of journalists.”

Golis joins New York Public Radio from Vox, where he is General Manager of Vox and the Vice President of Network Development for Vox’s parent company, Vox Media. He oversees a team setting and supporting business strategy across Vox Media’s editorial networks, which include Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Recode, SB Nation, and The Verge. At Vox, he set up the partnership that created its daily news podcast Today, Explained, helped the team grow into TV and set up partnerships to expand Vox’s journalism with everyone from ProPublica to the Rockefeller Foundation.

Early in Golis’ career, he was The Atlantic’s first “Entrepreneur in Residence” and was on the management team at PBS’ FRONTLINE. During his tenure overseeing digital at FRONTLINE, it was awarded six Webby honors, two Emmy nominations for digital storytelling, and an Overseas Press Club Award for digital innovation.

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