Suggesting Story Ideas to NPR

The producers, editors, reporters and hosts of NPR programs are always eager for new stories, fresh ideas, and articulate guests to communicate those ideas and stories. NPR programs cover every subject: international news, science, health, business, media, sports, education, the arts, and entertainment. A number of programs offer analysis, commentary and opinion, and we are always interested in the remarkable things people do and the odd things that happen as a result of life’s quirks and coincidences.

How do I submit a commentary or essay?
Please visit our commentary guidelines page.

How to suggest a story: listeners or PR professionals
Please use our story idea submission form.

How to suggest a story: journalists and producers
Most news reports by freelancers and member station reporters come to NPR’s programs via one of our four newsgathering “desks”– foreign, national, science and arts information. These desks take pitches and also solicit coverage. Desk editors work with reporters to shape and focus the story for broadcast. Please do not e-mail our programs if you want to do a story; contact our liaison to independents at: Besides news stories, NPR also accepts audio postcards from freelancers.

Where can I send an idea for a new NPR program?
Please contact Stacey Foxwell, Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Programming

What is the best way to contact NPR?
The most efficient way is via e-mail. We apologize in advance, but because of our small staff and budget constraints, we are unable to respond to telephone enquiries. Although we read every suggestion, we’re unable to personally answer each one. Please use the addresses listed on the Contact NPR page.


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