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NPR President and CEO John Lansing to Deliver Annual Joe Creason Lecture

John Lansing, president and CEO of NPR
John Lansing, president and CEO of NPR, will deliver the 2022 Joe Creason Lecture.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2022) — The 2022 Creason Lecture held by the School of Journalism and Media in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, will be delivered by John Lansing, president and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR). The title of his lecture is “Bearing Witness in the Age of Disinformation: Public Service Journalism and Why It Matters More Than Ever.” The lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25, via Zoom.

A long-time media executive and journalist with roots in Kentucky, Lansing heads one of the nation’s iconic news organizations. As president and CEO of NPR, he oversees a network of award-winning broadcast journalists and 17 international bureaus to fulfill its public service mission to create a more informed public. Prior to NPR, Lansing served as CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Lansing began his career in media at WPSD-TV in Paducah. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2021.

“We are thrilled to have John Lansing of NPR deliver this year’s Joe Creason Lecture,” said Erika Engstrom, director of the School of Journalism and Media. “The importance of NPR as a news source cannot be overstated. We invite the entire UK community and all who value a free and open democracy to join us for this event.”

This year’s virtual lecture will be available via Zoom at

Click here for more about John Lansing and his career in journalism.

The Joe Creason Lecture Series honors the memory of outstanding Kentucky journalist and honored alumnus Joe Creason. Made possible through a matching grant from the Bingham Enterprises Foundation of Kentucky and gifts donated by UK alumni and friends, the Joe Creason Lecture Series Fund was established in 1975. Information about past Creason Lecture presenters is available at

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