NPR's roots go back to the earliest days of American broadcasting. Many of the country's first radio stations emerged at colleges and universities who wanted to experiment with this new medium to educate and entertain the public.
Today NPR is experiencing another era of innovation, not unlike the earliest days of radio — though much faster, and more chaotic and dynamic. The network's radio service offers a strong foundation, as NPR and its stations are actively embracing the power and potential of digital media to serve our mission.
All Songs Considered premieres, NPR's first digital program.
September 11, 2001
NPR airs hundreds of hours of programming related to the September 11th attacks.
For its coverage enabling audiences to be informed, to mourn and to reflect during and after the September 11 attacks, NPR is recognized with a Peabody Award.
September 1, 2005
Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff is asked on All Things Considered about John Burnett's reporting that thousands are stranded at the New Orleans Convention Center post-Katrina. Chertoff dismisses the reports as "rumors"; later his office calls to say the story is accurate and supplies are being sent.
August 31, 2005
NPR podcasts make their debut with a directory of 174 programs, 17 of which are NPR originals.
After an almost year-long NPR investigation throughout 2018 of the U.S. Department of Education's TEACH Grant program, the Department announces a plan to give thousands of teachers with TEACH grants incorrectly converted to loans a plan to help teachers get their grants back.