Christopher Turpin is NPR's acting Senior Vice President for News and Editorial Director. Previously, he was the Vice President of News Programming and Operations, where he oversaw all news programs, newscasts, news operations, collaborative coverage, innovation in news storytelling and training, ensuring NPR's continued excellence across a range of journalistic skills.
Prior to that, Turpin was the Executive Producer of All Things Considered, NPR's afternoon newsmagazine. On a daily basis he guided the show's editorial direction and managed the show's 26 production staff members.
Arriving at NPR in January 2000, Turpin spent two years as All Things Considered's Supervising Senior Producer, responsible for the day-to-day running of the show. During his time at NPR, Turpin has contributed to All Things Considered's coverage of breaking news events such as the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina. Along with these major stories, Turpin was part of the All Things Considered production team in Chengdu, China, covering the terrible earthquake in 2008.
A native of England, Turpin entered the broadcasting world in the United States in 1990 where he held a variety of editorial positions at Monitor Radio in Boston, MA. Over the span of eight years, he moved from production assistant to ultimately running the morning and evening newsmagazine programs.
In 1998, Turpin became a senior manager and member of the executive committee at Internews, a non-profit organization that fosters independent media around the globe, especially in countries emerging from conflict. In this position, Turpin spent much of his time working on projects in the Balkans, Central Asia, Indonesia and Africa.
As a producer, Turpin has contributed to many reports and series that were awarded with the industry's top honors including a 2003 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for NPR News coverage of September 11, 2001, attacks; a 2005 duPont Award for Radio Diaries' "Mandela: An Audio History" and a 2009 duPont Award for coverage on All Things Considered of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province in China. Coverage of the earthquake in China also earned a 2008 George Foster Peabody Award for Turpin and the rest of the NPR staff following this story.
Turpin earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Sussex in England. He first grew to love the United States during a year-long study abroad at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in English from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.