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Donald R. "Don" Quayle (July 27, 1930 – April 16, 2015) was an American broadcast journalist who was the first president of National Public Radio, from 1970 to 1973.[1]


Born in Logan, Utah, Quayle attended Utah State University,[2] completing his undergraduate work in 1952.[3] He earned a master's degree in theatre from Utah State and attended Ohio State University for further graduate work.[3] On May 7, 2010, Quayle received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from Utah State University in recognition of his long career of significant contributions to public broadcasting in the United States. He died in 2015, aged 84.[4]


Quayle managed a radio station at Ohio State and, from 1960 to 1962, WGBH in Boston.[3][5]

Quayle was named a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1968.[6] In 1970, he became the first president of NPR. He returned to television in 1973, and in 1979, became vice president for administration at WETA. He retired in 1989.[3]


  1. ^ Carmody, John (1989-03-09). "The TV Column". The Washington Post. p. C12.
  2. ^ "Broadcasting pioneer from Logan dies at 76". The Herald Journal. 2005-01-01.
  3. ^ a b c d "Archives of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Donald R. Quayle Files". University of Maryland, College Park. 1996-08-01. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
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  5. ^ Mitchell, Jack W. (2005). Listener Supported: The Culture and History of Public Radio. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 59. ISBN 0-275-98352-8.
  6. ^ Windeler, Robert (1968-11-23). "Public Broadcasting Corporation Names 6 Aides as Parley Ends". The New York Times. p. 94.
Business positions
Preceded by
President and CEO of National Public Radio
Succeeded by
Lee Frischknecht