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NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard
NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard

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AIR DATE: February 4, 2011

National Public Radio was the first U.S. broadcasting company to hire an ombudsman. Who is this person and what do they do? Basically, they're supposed to be the public's representative and takes calls and complaints from listeners. Alicia Shepard is about to leave her post. She joins us to share her thoughts about the job.

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Alicia Shepard, Ombudsman, NPR
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    COMMENTS:
    My girlfriend will not trust anything I say comes from NPR. She is convinced that it is an unreliable source of information due to an extreme left bias.

    What do you suggest I do to respond to her concerns?

    JustinFeb 2, 2011 10:40:58 AM
    Can you tell us if you have had done any work on the allegations critical of NPR from conservative voices like Glenn Beck? It seems that either NPR has a real problem or it is being vilified for some purpose I do not fully understand.
    MikeFeb 2, 2011 10:37:39 AM
    As ombudsman, would you please comment more on the allegation that because NPR is funded by the federal government, it is not really an independent news source but rather a outlet for promoting the government's agenda or propaganda?
    AmmonFeb 2, 2011 10:33:32 AM
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