MPR news director leaving for a year-long post in Los Angeles

Nancy Cassutt says she plans to return to MPR when the year is up.
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Minnesota Public Radio is on the lookout for someone new to lead its news department, after its current leader accepted a role in Los Angeles.

Nancy Cassutt, the executive director of MPR News, has accepted another position within the American Public Media Group, becoming the managing director of news at APM's "Marketplace" program.

The position is a temporary one, with Cassutt committing to a year in Los Angeles, with the intention of returning to MPR at the end of it.

"Nancy is staying with American Public Media Group and has accepted a position with our Marketplace program as managing director of news," 

"Right now she’s focused on what she’s doing for the next year," an MPR News spokesperson told BMTN. "Plans for her replacement will be announced very soon."

Cassutt, meanwhile, said: “This will be a smooth transition, I’m committed to that."

"I see my exit as an opportunity for new energy as well as and a path forward for others to step in and step up," she added.

"I also see this as an opportunity to attract new leadership onto our management team."

Cassutt has been with MPR for nine years, with the Star Tribune noting that one of her daughters lives in L.A.

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