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NPR Cuts 13 In Second Layoff Round; Imposes Unpaid Leave

imageNational Public Radio, hurting from the pullback from its corporate donors, is laying off 13 staffers, its second round since December, WaPo reported. The broadcaster is facing an $8 million budget deficit for its current fiscal year, and $15 million over the next two years. NPR has about 812 staffers, making this a 1.6 percent cut.

The jobs lost were in information technology, legal services and communications; the news division was spared from the layoffs. In addition to the drop in corporate funding, donations from foundations and its internal endowment has also taken a hit. As for the fees from stations, Vivian Schiler, NPR’s president and CEO, told me that payments are holding steady.