MPR News has announce a major hire for its newsroom, announcing Sarah Glover as its new managing editor.
Sarah Glover, who has 23 years of experience in local journalism, is joining the public news organization from NBC Owned Television Stations based at 30 Rock in New York, where she was the manager of social media strategy for 12 NBC locally-owned TV station brands, as well as providing "strategic support" to more than 35 Telemundo Local stations.
MPR had been on the lookout for a new managing editor since Laura McCallum was promoted to the role of interim director of news and programming in December 2019 following the departure of Nancy Cassutt, with Mike Mulcahy serving as interim managing editor.
Prior to working at NBC, Glover spent more than a decade as a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, leading the video team to winning a Pulitzer Prize at the latter.
She was also the first person to serve two terms as president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), which she led between 2015-19, during which time she played a "crucial role" in the change in the Associated Press Stylebook to capitalize the "B" in Black when describing people and communities.
She will now be charged with leading a team of more than 40 reports, photojournalists and editors, which comes after a turbulent period for Minnesota Public Radio, with pandemic-related budget pressures resulting in dozens of job cuts.
“I grew up in a household where public media was ever present and it influenced the person I am today,” said Glover in a statement. “I’m fortunate that I can help shape the news products that will speak to the next generation of MPR listeners and digital audiences. I look forward to working with MPR’s talented journalists to build bridges and cover the state of Minnesota with authenticity and zeal.”
In the announcement, it says that Glover will "collaborate closely with MPR News’ program director Stephanie Curtis, who leads more than 30 newsroom staff members as hosts, newscasters, meteorologists, and producers," as well as MPR president Duchesne Drew to "champion the development of both a vision and strategy to best serve and cover the state’s diverse communities."
"As communities across America strive for equity, so does the news industry,” said Glover. “My goal is to build upon the diversity work at MPR and develop an anti-racist and inclusive newsroom that’s a model for the nation. Storytelling is truth-telling, and the role of journalism is vital.”