Zach Brand is NPR Vice President of Digital Media.
In this role, Brand oversees NPR digital technology and product development efforts, including the development of NPR.org, mobile applications, and the Internet-connected cars initiative.
With an extraordinarily talented team and his own strategic leadership, Brand is essential to push NPR into new platforms and achieve recent digital successes. Prior to moving into his current position in 2012, Brand served as VP of Digital Technology Strategy and Operations, where he managed the development and operation of NPR's web, mobile and library systems. He worked closely with NPR Digital Services and the Distribution Division to collaborate with Member Stations to ensure that digital efforts remain aligned and effective across NPR.
As the NPR Senior Director of Digital Media Technical Strategy and Operation, a position he held for four years, Brand focused on developing extensible and reusable architectures for tools and content. He played a critical role with the team that developed and launched the NPR API, which provides a structured way for other computer applications to get NPR stories in a predictable, flexible and powerful way. He was instrumental in the production of the various iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile applications.
The contributions Brand has made helped NPR earn several top industry awards, including a 2010 Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for NPR.org. He was part of the team that earned a 2009 Peabody award for the redesign of NPR.org and two 2010 Online Journalism Awards for NPR mobile apps and the API.
Prior to joining NPR in 2007, Brand oversaw technology for Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, including washingtonpost.com, newsweek.com, and slate.com.
Brand earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University.