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


James R. Hedges IV: In both 2000 and 2004, he donated $1,000 apiece to Bush-Cheney and Bill Bradley for President.

Sukey Garcetti: She is the executive director at the Roth Family Foundation, whose mission, according to its website, is “commitment to progressive social change.” Its focuses include the environment, “health and rights,” and sex education. Their grant recipients last year included California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. According to Huffington Post’s Fundrace blog, Garcetti donated $2,300 to Barack Obama in 2008.

Patricia Papper: She has donated over $23,500 since 2000 — every penny to Democratic candidates and EMILY’s List.

Richard Rampell: Though he used to write a column for the Wall Street Journal, his political donations are overwhelmingly Democratic. Since 2000, he has shilled out $31,250 to Democrats and liberal PACS, and only $500 to Republicans.


In addition, NPR has five “Public Members of the Board” of NPR itself (as opposed to the Foundation), who are supposed to represent the interest of the public:

Carol A. Cartwright: Cartwright, Bowling Green State University president, split her contributions evenly between Republicans and Democrats in 2006 and 2004.

John Herrmann, Jr.: He is also on the Foundation board; see his information in the list above.

Howard H. Stevenson: Since 2000, he has donated $6,000, every penny to Democrats and liberal PACs.

Lyle Logan: This financier was donating to Barack Obama as early as 2000. He has given $17,700 in political donations — exclusively to Democrats, and mostly to Barack Obama — in the past decade.

Eduardo A. Hauser: He has not been involved in U.S. politics, but has written for the Huffington Post.