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Margaret Low Smith

Margaret Low Smith is NPR's Acting Senior Vice President for News. Since stepping into this role in January 2011, Smith has overseen and expanded NPR's coverage of breaking news and watershed events ranging from the Arab Spring to the death of Osama Bin Laden, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to NPR's day-long coverage of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Smith, who started working for NPR in 1982, oversees the NPR News Division, with a staff of 350 including approximately 100 reporters and correspondents, and the NPR Programming Division. She has been instrumental to NPR's review of its Ethics Code, which will result in new guiding principles and a handbook for NPR's newsroom staff. Since 2000, Smith has been NPR's Vice President for Programming overseeing program acquisition and development for all NPR programs. She is responsible for NPR's Audience Insight and Research team. Smith green-lights all NPR program distribution deals and manages the network's relationships with more than a dozen acquired shows from Car Talk to Fresh Air. Her job is to determine if a program should be distributed by NPR and to find programs that are thoroughly engaging and smart, in some cases very funny, always editorially rigorous, and aesthetically brilliant. Smith grew up in Boston and graduated from the University of Michigan.