The Politics of the NPR Boards
The data behind “Public Radio's Political Sympathies.”


The NPR Foundation board of directors has 50 members:

Antoine van Agtmael (chairman of the NPR Foundation): He is a trustee of a liberal think tank, the Brookings Institution. He donated $1,000 to Obama for America in 2008, $2,000 to Kerry in 2004, and $1,000 each to Hillary Clinton and Terry Liermann in 2000. That’s $5,000 — every penny to Democrats.

Arthur G. Altschul, Jr.: He is on the board of directors of the Overbrook Foundation, an organization founded by his family. The organization does wonderful human-rights work, but also has a liberal slant, as evidenced by its focus on sustainability and environmentalism, as well as its sponsorship of Freedom to Marry, the Pro-Choice Public Education Project, and more. He has donated to the Forward Together PAC (a blue-dog Democrat group) and Walter Minnick (Democrat from Idaho). In 2008, he donated $2,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $1,500 to Hillary Clinton for President. In 2004, Altschul contributed $5,000 to theDemocratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Judith Z. Steinberg: Since 2000, her political donations have gone exclusivelyto Democrats (individual candidates and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) and EMILY’s list. She’s sent them more than $37,000 since 2007 alone.

Patsy Ishiyama: She donated $3,000 to Democrat Alan J. Dixon’s campaigns, as well as to John Bennett Johnston (D). She’s on the board of Trout Unlimited, which, according to Ron Arnold of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, has been “co-opted by environmentalist leaders . . . with extremeviews.” She’s on the boards of several other environmental groups as well.

Camilla M. Smith: This San Francisco resident gave $1,000 to Obama for America in 2008, and $1,000 to Kerry in 2004.

Jane Katcher: In 2008, Jane Katcher donated $16,400 to Democrats (including Obama) and EMILY’s List. Her donations, all of which went to Democrats, have totaled $64,000 over the past decade.

Lee Ramer: He donated $2,300 to Hillary Clinton in 2008. In 2004, he donated $1,450 exclusively to Democrats and NARAL, the pro-abortion-rights group.

Bryan Traubert: He was appointed to the White House Fellows Commission by Barack Obama. He is married to Penny Pritzker, who was the national finance chair of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He and his wife hosteda fundraising dinner for Barack Obama in 2008, with a $28,500 price of admission. His wife was the subject of a Wall Street Journal profile, “Money Maven: Billionaire raises record amounts of cash for Obama.”

Harriett Gold: She is listed as a Democrat by She has made 9 political donations – all to either Democrat Jane Harman or EMILY’s List. She has also donated to Environment2004, Inc.

Peter Heydon: Peter Heydon donated $17,050 in the 2008 election cycle, all to Democrats, except for $750 to Schwarz for Congress (John Schwarz is a Michigan Republican). Since 2000 he’s donated about $40,000 to Democrats with small but consistent donations to Schwarz. He and his wife are prominent philanthropists, and were listed as major supporters of local politicians Jeff Irwin and Ned Staebler, both Democrats.

Miriam Muscarolas: In 2008, she donated $2,300 to the Obama Victory Fund. Since 2000, she’s donated $12,900, exclusively to Democrats and liberal women’s action committees.

Kevin Klose: He was an Obama inauguration donor. Earlier in his career, he worked for Radio Free Europe — a fact that made his tenure as president of NPR from 1998 to 2006 controversial among some Leftists.

Joseph McNay: In the mid-1990s, Joseph McNay’s firm, Essex Investment Management, managed the money of Bill and Hillary Clinton. But McNay is moderate and balanced in his donations. He’s contributed to both Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney, to both George W. Bush and John Kerry.