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The Aspen Institute has hired media veteran Vivian Schiller to lead its media and technology programs, which are being combined in 2020.

Schiller has held top jobs at CNN Productions (exec VP), New York Times (GM), NPR (president/CEO), NBC (senior VP & chief digital officer) and Twitter (head of global news).

She also did a three-year stint at Weber Shandwick as executive editor-in-residence. Most recently, Schiller headed the Civil Foundation.

Aspen is folding its communications & society and cybersecurity & technology programs, as well as its center for urban innovation, into a single offering.

Dan Porterfield, CEO of Aspen, said Schiller has spent her career at the intersection of journalism, media and technology, helping to ensure the public has access to reliable and high-quality information.

"I am excited that three highly respected programs at the Institute are now uniting their efforts with Vivian’s experience and talent to pursue an internet and media landscape that is a positive force for our democracy and society,"  he added.

Schiller will join Aspen early next year.