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Our Commitments To You: An Update On Diversity In NHPR's Journalism

Sara Plourde

A note on ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts from NHPR President & CEO Jim Schachter

In keeping with our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive news organization, NHPR is making regular reports to the public on diversity in our journalism.

Our content teams – the NHPR Newsroom and what we call the Creative Production Unit, which makes our Civics 101 and Outside/In programs – are tracking the ethnicity, race, and gender of the sources cited or guests included in their work.

We do this out of a recognition that, historically, our news reports and programs have not adequately reflected the diversity of the people whose stories they aim to tell – of New Hampshire, in the case of the Newsroom, and of the United States, in the case of our nationally distributed podcasts.

The point of tracking sources and voices is not to meet quotas – we have none – but to focus our journalists’ attention on steadily increasing the breadth of our coverage. Our hope is that the richer journalism we’re producing breeds deeper understanding of the challenges our state and society confront and helps build communities more able to address those challenges together.

These are our benchmarks: New Hampshire’s population is roughly 88% white, 4% Hispanic, 3% Asian, and 2% Black; the U.S. population is roughly 62% white, 19% Hispanic, 12% Black, 6% Asian, and 1% Native American.

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Note: To see our full report on diversity in NHPR's content, view below or click/tap here.

Jim Schachter is New Hampshire Public Radio’s president and chief executive officer, guiding the vision and strategy for the organization and leading a team of more than 60 staff advancing NHPR’s public service mission.
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