NPR Tours - Washington, D.C.

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    Inside the NPR World Headquarters

    NPR Headquarters in Washington DC
    ••• NPR Headquarters in Washington DC. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    National Public Radio (NPR) relocated in 2013 to new headquarters in the rapidly developing NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The state-of-the art building utilizes 100% digital broadcast systems and has an architectural design that is expected to earn LEED Gold certification. The building is an adaptive reuse of a historic 1927 warehouse and has a green roof and many sustainable features designed to provide a collaborative space for NPR’s 850 DC-based employees.

    The public can learn about NPR through a guided tour that includes visits to the two-story newsroom atrium, Studio 32, the Network Operations Center, Tech Core and explanations of the building’s technology and LEED features. The tour gives you a glimpse of how popular radio programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered are produced.

    Tour Details: Free one-hour guided tours are given Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. Reservations are required and available online. The tour is best suited for ages 16 and up.​

    Locatio...MOREn: 1111 North Capitol Street NE Washington, D.C. The closest Metro Stations are Noma-Gallaudet University and Union Station. There is a public parking lot on L street across from NPR headquarters. The neighborhood also offers metered street parking where available. If you are arriving by bike, there are a limited number of bike racks located on the L street side of the building.

    About NPR

    NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization that reaches 26 million radio listeners each week, and nearly 20 million people monthly on digital platforms. In collaboration with more than 900 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to provide the public with a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit

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    NPR Newsroom

    NPR Newsroom
    ••• NPR Newsroom. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    The new seven-story 400,000 square foot headquarters brings NPR divisions and employees together that had previously been working from three separate buildings in downtown Washington DC. The heart of the building is an open, two-story newsroom with broadcast and production studios that can accommodate NPR's 24/7 schedule. NPR employees are excited to work together in this modern and spacious high-tech facility.

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    Susan Stamberg - NPR Broadcaster

    Susan Stamberg - NPR Broadcaster
    ••• Susan Stamberg - NPR Broadcaster. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    Susan Stamberg was the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program and is known as the NPR "founding mother" as she has been on staff since the network began in 1971. She is an award-winning journalist and served as co-host of All Things Considered for 14 years and now serves as guest host of Morning Edition and Weekend Edition Saturday. In this photo, Stamberg greets tour participants and shows off her chair that dates back to the 1970s.

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    NPR Master Control Screen

    NPR Master Control Screen
    ••• NPR Master Control Screen. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    The Master Control, located in the newsroom, routes all of the audio throughout the NPR building.

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    NPR Studio 31

    NPR Studio 31
    ••• NPR Studio 31. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    During a guided tour of the NPR headquarters, visitors step inside a broadcast studio and have the opportunity to speak with radio personalities and ask questions.

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    NPR Data Center

    NPR Data Center
    ••• NPR Data Center. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.
    This massive room is the Data Center with all of the power lines to run the state-of-the-art facility.
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    NPR Lounge

    NPR Lounge
    ••• NPR Lounge. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    Each floor has an inviting lounge space for NPR employees to gather and collaborate on creative projects.

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    NPR South Roof Terrace

    NPR South Roof Terrace
    ••• NPR South Roof Terrace. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

    The South Roof Terrace provides outdoor gathering space for NPR employees and a panoramic view of NE Washington, D.C.