Dick Meyer '76 (2011)

Following his graduation from North Shore in 1976, Dick Meyer went to Columbia University graduating in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in religion and from the University of Oxford in 1982 with a master’s degree in politics with a specialty in the history of political philosophy.  He moved into the field of journalism and has had a distinctive, distinguished and accomplished career.
Today as National Public Radio’s executive editor, Dick Meyer shapes and oversees NPR’s worldwide news operation on-air and online. He plays a critical role in integrating NPR’s on-air sound with its dynamic and growing online and mobile platforms, and in fostering the organization’s distinctive storytelling and enterprise reporting.

Following his graduation from North Shore in 1976, Dick Meyer went to Columbia University graduating in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in religion and from the University of Oxford in 1982 with a master’s degree in politics with a specialty in the history of political philosophy.  He moved into the field of journalism and has had a distinctive, distinguished and accomplished career.

Today as National Public Radio’s executive editor, Dick Meyer shapes and oversees NPR’s worldwide news operation on-air and online. He plays a critical role in integrating NPR’s on-air sound with its dynamic and growing online and mobile platforms, and in fostering the organization’s distinctive storytelling and enterprise reporting.

Dick Joined NPR in 2008 as editorial director for digital media, where he was responsible for overseeing all news, entertainment and music content on NPR.org and NPR’s other digital platforms.

He is the author of the 2008 book on American culture and politics, "Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium." He is on the board of the Online News Association, the leading organization for online journalists.

Prior to joining NPR, Dick was editorial director of CBSNews.com, where he wrote the popular “Against the Grain” column for many years. Before that, he was a producer for The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, in Washington, where he focused on political and investigative reporting and produced the broadcast’s “Reality Check” segments with correspondent Eric Engberg. Dick also served as Dan Rather’s anchor producer for three election-night broadcasts and other major political events. He joined CBS News as a researcher for the Election Unit in 1985.

He is the recipient of an Alfred I. du Pont - Columbia University Award, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and a Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists Award for reports that led to the identification and disinterment of the remains of the Vietnam soldier once in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. For his online work, Dick has also been honored with a du Pont, several EPpy awards from Editor & Publisher magazine, an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association and an Online News Association Award.

Presented September 24, 2011 by Courtney Williams ’88
Alumni Board President, North Shore Country Day School
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