Chuck Holmes is Deputy Managing Editor for NPR News. He works closely with NPR's Arts, Business, International, National, Science and Washington Desks to coordinate and facilitate daily news coverage and long-term planning for NPR News.
Prior to this role, Holmes served as Supervising Senior Editor of NPR's Morning Edition. He was responsible for the editorial direction and integrity of the show and shepherded major projects like Steve Inskeep's Revolution Road trip across northern Africa and David Greene's Family Matters.series on financial literacy among America's "sandwich generation."
Holmes began work at NPR in April 2009 as the Foreign Editor for Digital News, where he assisted in planning and directing coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and coverage of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. He also steered multimedia storytelling projects from India and Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Peru, and the Mekong River valley.
Prior to joining NPR, Holmes was foreign editor of Cox Newspapers and earlier served as a foreign correspondent, posted in Jerusalem and Moscow, for the Atlanta-based newspaper chain.
Throughout his career, Holmes has gained national recognition for his reporting and editing. His reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Kosovo, and the Rwanda genocide and civil war all earned industry awards. At NPR, he shared an Edward R. Murrow Award for Afghanistan coverage and was part of the digital team when NPR.org earned a Peabody Award for excellence in 2010.
A native of Tennessee and avid marathon runner, Holmes received a B.A. in Journalism from The George Washington University.
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