The Associated Press has hired NPR veteran Gregory Peppers as executive producer, radio and audio. He will manage all aspects of AP Radio's newscasts, special programming and daily audio cut feeds out of AP's Broadcast News Center in Washington.
The appointment was announced Friday by AP's Kevin Roach, vice president and director, U.S. broadcast news.
"We are delighted to have someone of Greg's caliber and character join the AP team. He's been a customer of AP Radio for many years, so he starts off with a thorough knowledge of our products," says Roach.
Peppers is currently senior editor at WAMU Radio, an NPR affiliate in Washington. He was previously executive producer of newscasts at NPR's Washington headquarters. "Greg's experience at the national level at NPR and at the local level bring a real understanding of what is expected from AP from a customer point of view," says Roach.
Under Peppers' leadership, the NPR newscast unit received an Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage of the China earthquake in 2009, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award for coverage of the war in Afghanistan, and a George Foster Peabody award for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
AP serves more than 2,900 radio operations, with licensed stations in every Arbitron market.