Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson

Senior Director of Programming, NPR

Steve Nelson started at NPR in 2016 and is senior director of programming. In addition to supervising the launch of shows including “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders” and managing shows like “Ask Me Another,” Nelson works with teams that are piloting brand new programs for the network. Creating new content is nothing new to Nelson. He was the founding program director of The Current, Minnesota Public Radio’s award winning new music station. At American Public Media, he launched several new podcasts as director of on demand programming. Nelson was program director for Minnesota Public Radio News from 2009 to 2014. He began his professional broadcasting career as a morning show co-host at a Twin Cities alternative rock station.

Podcasting and Philanthropy

Marquette Ballroom III

Podcasting is a relatively new media format, but it is already demonstrating extraordinary impact. With support from philanthropy, public media is leading the way in this format with deep investigations, powerful stories, and an increasing diversity of creative voices. At the same time, foundations can themselves employ podcasting as a way of telling their own stories and engaging grantees and other thought leaders in lively discourse about social change. In this session, attendees will hear from Samara Freemark, whose In The Dark podcast delves into the story of Curtis Flowers, a Mississippi man who, based on flimsy testimony amid extraordinary […]

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