Well...it's official. I've left NPR. From the memo:
With great mixed feelings, I write to tell you all that JJ Sutherland, one of the finest producers to ever work at NPR, has decided to turn his talent and energy to finishing a book he’s been working on while on leave this past year.
JJ came to NPR in 2000 to help launch NPR’s service on Sirius Satellite Radio. He was there in Culver City when NPR West opened its doors. He produced the first broadcast from NPR West, and he got the Tavis Smiley show on the air. JJ was the first Executive Producer of Day-to-Day, bringing his drive and smarts to NPR’s mid-day programming.
Since moving to Washington in 2004, JJ has worked on every show in the news division and produced countless specials during times of major breaking news, from 9/11 to invasions to elections.
Among his many contributions, JJ helped define contemporary field producing at NPR. He spent years overseas covering some of the most dangerous and challenging stories around the world: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya, the London bombings, the Israel-Lebanon conflict of 2006, and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
NPR has been the better for his work, and we have all been the better for having him as a colleague.