Cheryl Hampton

Director of Staff Development
National Public Radio

Cheryl Imelda Hampton is director of news staff development for National Public Radio. She leads the group charged with recruiting and retaining NPR’s journalists, who are based in 21 places around the country and 18 more around the world. She supervises the division’s administrative staff and advises the vice president on personnel and policy issues. In addition, from 2004-2007, Hampton developed and implemented the strategy which revitalized NPR libraries and significantly increased online services to staff.

Before starting her journalism career at the Syracuse Herald-Journal in 1987 as an editorial assistant, Hampton won multiple awards for her volunteer service with leading community groups in Syracuse, N.Y., and worked as a career counselor and outreach coordinator for Regional Learning Center. After a year at the newspaper she was promoted to reporter. Hampton authored an award-winning series in 1989 that led to improved availability of prenatal care for indigent women and declines in infant mortality in the Syracuse area. The series also was recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors and by Columbia University for helping establish the value of computer-based reporting. She then completed a year as assistant city editor for police and courts. In 1990, Hampton began supervising newsroom logistics. While assistant managing editor for operations, she attended the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s Management Training Center at Northwestern University.

Hampton moved to The Orange County Register in Southern California as AME of editing and design in 1992. There she supervised the wire, copy, design, graphics and photography departments. The number of on-time press starts improved by 80 percent under her tenure. Hampton also overhauled the weather page, installing its first surfing and diving forecasts, and she led the complete redesign and rezoning of the Register’s weekly television book. In 1996, she became Deputy Editor/Nights, which added supervision of all evening news-gathering at the paper to her responsibilities. She left the paper to join NPR in 1997.