Keith Woods is Vice President, Newsroom Training & Diversity at NPR. He leads NPR’s team that works with journalists in the NPR newsroom and those at more than 260 member stations across the country, training them in leadership, storytelling, editing, audio engineering, digital strategy and diversity.
He is part of the newsroom leadership team now working with stations to build a system-wide “culture of journalism,” as part of the larger collaborative journalism effort underway throughout public radio.
Keith came to NPR in 2010 to lead the organization’s corporate diversity strategy and has visited more than 30 stations from New England to Oregon.
Before joining NPR, he was Dean of Faculty of The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, FL. Besides leading a dynamic faculty, he taught for 15 years in courses from reporting on race relations, to diversity, ethics and newspaper writing. He is co-author of “The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity,” a text still used in some of the nation’s top journalism schools.
He has worked to help professionals, faculty and students better understand and handle matters of diversity through workshops at dozens of journalism schools and training at major radio stations, newspapers and television stations across the country.
While at Poynter, Keith chaired two Pulitzer Prize juries.
He is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Dillard University and the Tulane University graduate school of social work. He is a former sports writer, news reporter, city editor, editorial writer, and columnist, working his way through those jobs in 16 years at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Keith commutes to D.C. each week from Tampa, FL, where he lives with his wife Denise, their teenaged son Noah, and an embarrassment of a cat named Hobbes.