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Will Lee is NPR’s Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he oversees the Technology; Audience Technology; Product; Content Operations; Research, Archives & Data Strategy; Member Partnership; and Change Management & Transformation teams. This portfolio brings together the teams that are leading the way in how NPR reaches and serves audiences now and into the future.
Lee believes that NPR is a media force and a news institution like no other in the world and that its journalistic mission is more essential and critical to the American public than ever before. He is excited to work closely with NPR’s network of Member stations to ignite and drive continued growth, transformation and brand momentum to reach new and more diverse audiences everywhere they encounter NPR.
Lee is an experienced media executive with a strong track record of digital innovations and brand transformation. He brings to this role more than two decades of experience in content creation, audience expansion, brand development and commitment to and evolution of DEI in organizations. He most recently served as SVP/Head of Digital, Entertainment Group at Meredith Corporation. There, he led and directed the digital, platform and video businesses of People, Entertainment Weekly, People en Español and PeopleTV, with over 130 million total monthly users and over a billion monthly content views. During his tenure, digital audiences and revenue more than tripled. He formerly served as the Vice President of Digital Content and Programming at The Hollywood Reporter, where he drove record-breaking audience growth for THR.com and THR video and led a complete renovation and relaunch of the digital newsroom.
Lee currently sits on the Board of Advisors of the New York University Center for Publishing, and Nekton Mission, a non-profit devoted to protecting the oceans.