Vivian Schiller

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Person.png Vivian Schiller  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Vivian Schiller - International Journalism Festival 2015.JPG
BornSeptember 13, 1961
Alma materCornell University, Middlebury College
ParentsRonald Schiller
Member ofClimate Central, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3, First Draft/Board and members, Scott Trust Ltd/Board, Vocativ
Corporate journalist with ties to the deep state

Vivian Luisa Schiller is the former president and CEO of the U.S. National Public Radio and former head of news and journalism partnerships at Twitter. She is also the former senior vice president and chief digital officer for NBC News, including oversight of Her whole career is seeped with positions and propaganda themes of interest to the national security apparatus.


Schiller is the daughter of Ronald Schiller, a former editor at Reader's Digest, and Lillian Schiller of Larchmont, New York. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Russian studies and Soviet studies, and a Master's degree in Russian from Middlebury College. Both her father's work and her study choice would have early caught the eye of intelligence services. After finishing her degrees, in order to spend time in the Soviet Union, she first took a job as an au pair for a diplomatic family in Moscow, with some side work in a nursery school at the U.S. Embassy there. Schiller then found a position as a tour guide in the Soviet Union.

Turner Broadcasting/CNN

In 1988 she joined Turner Broadcasting as a production assistant, where they hired her to be a translator/production assistant/'fixer'.[1] In 1998, Schiller transferred to CNN, where she eventually became head of the documentary unit which produced special and series for CNN-US and CNN International. Programs during that time included the Cold War and Beneath the Veil

Discovery Times Channel

In 2002, Schiller was hired by The New York Times and Discovery Communications to develop and run a new joint venture network that would late become the Discovery Times Channel (the current-day Investigation Discovery).

The network commissioned and programmed hundreds of hours of critically acclaimed current affairs and history series and specials including the 10-part series "Off To War" which followed a unit of National Guardsmen from Arkansas during their deployment to Iraq.[2]

New York Times

In 2006, after The New York Times and Discovery Communications joint venture severed, Schiller joined the New York Times full-time to oversee original web video and then served as general manager of, then the largest newspaper site in the world. While at The New York Times, Schiller was instrumental in integrating the newspaper and web newsrooms, including embedding web developers with journalists. Under Schiller's watch, the New York Times launched its first mobile presence, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts and grew audiences by double digits.[3]

National Public Radio

In late 2008 Schiller was named president and CEO of NPR. During her tenure, Schiller was widely credited with dramatically upgrading the network's digital presence, significantly expanding its revenue base (i.e. corporate sponsors), and attracting more listeners.

In March 2011, Vivian Schiller resigned as president and chief executive of National Public Radio amid controversy surrounding the former NPR fundraising executive Ronald Schiller, who is not related to Vivian Schiller. Ronald Schiller has been secretly taped in a sting operation, where during a private conversation with two men posing as potential donors, he derided the "tea party" movement as a collection of "gun-toting" racists and "fundamentalist Christians" who have "hijacked" the Republican Party. Vivian Schiller's departure was, in part, an attempt to show congressional budget-cutters that NPR could hold itself accountable.

NBC News

After her resignation from NPR, Schiller was hired by NBC News president Steve Capus to oversee the acquisition of MSNBC Digital Networks, then a joint venture of Microsoft and NBCUniversal. Schiller led the company's efforts to acquire full ownership of the digital operation, and integrate it into the rest of NBC News in New York under a new name, That project culminated in the summer of 2013.


In January 2014, Schiller joined Twitter as head of news with responsibility for expanding the platform's relationships with news organizations. In July 2014, Global Media Head Katie Stanton expanded Schiller's responsibilities to chair of global news for the company, including setting strategy for partnerships with journalists around the world. Schiller left Twitter in October as part of CEO Dick Costolo's ongoing series of strategic pivots and executive changes and ousters.


Since leaving Twitter, Schiller has been working as an independent consultant and advisor to various domestic and international organizations, including to legacy companies as well start-ups such as Vocativ, a data-driven online news provider.


Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She sits on the boards of CUNY Journalism School; the Investigative News Network; Society for Science and the Public; and International Center for Journalism, the Scott Trust (the Guardian) and the equally spooky First Draft. She was the founding board chair for The News Literary Project, which "works with educators and journalists to give students the skills they need to discern fact from fiction and to know what to trust."[4]

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