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A Peek Into Our New Home

by Emily Hellewell
Apr 25, 2013

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Open, flexible, cost efficient, collaborative -- the new NPR space is designed to meet public radio's needs for generations to come. The NPR world headquarters is the home base for NPR News, digital, NPR Music, technical and administrative staff. It is also the center of a network of 17 domestic bureaus, 17 foreign bureaus and a partner to Member Stations broadcasting NPR programs. NPR President and CEO Gary E. Knell greets the staff of Weekend Edition on their first day at the new headquarters. Knell said that this is "a transformative moment for our staff, Member Stations and audience. The collaborative workspaces and modern, multimedia newsroom will fuel interaction and creativity inside and out." Madhulika Sikka, executive editor for NPR News, and Susan Stamberg wish Scott Simon luck before his first broadcast from the new headquarters on Saturday, April 13, 2013. This building unites NPR divisions and employees that had previously been working from three separate buildings in downtown DC. The heart of the headquarters is an open, two-story newsroom with broadcast and production studios. Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon preps for the first broadcast in the new building on April 13, 2013, from Studio 31. For the program, Susan Stamberg recalls this and previous NPR moves and said, "It's Oz here, shiny and bright and full of sunlight and free coffee. Once we figure it all out -- find the studios, our offices, the restrooms -- everything will be better in the new building." NPR installed an all-digital system at its new headquarters. In going 100 percent digital, NPR will now be able to take advantage of improvements in content generation that are only available with new digitally-based technologies. Here, broadcast recording technicians Stacey Abbott and Greg Gavin work in master control as the first broadcast from the new NPR headquarters goes on the air. Scenes from Weekend Edition Saturday, the first show broadcast from the new NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on April 13, 2013.

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Emily Hellewell

Earlier this month, NPR's DC-based staffers shut down our computers on a Friday afternoon and walked out of our home of 19 years for the last time. We all carry lots of memories from our beloved '635' (as in 635 Massachusetts Ave, our former address) — nearly two decades covering breaking news to unforgettable Tiny Desk Concerts and lots of silliness in the midst of real, serious work.

The following Monday, our daily commutes landed us nine blocks further east, at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE. We're in a new neighborhood, a new quadrant of the Nation's capital and a brand new building.

Everyone is still getting settled into our new space and the new routine. But it seems safe to say that we haven't looked back. Instead, we are giddy with anticipation for the great stuff we are bound to create here, for you and our stations.

Please come visit us soon. Public tours are scheduled to start in June. More details on that soon. Until then, take a peek at our new home: '1111.'

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