Executive Director, Aspen Digital, The Aspen Institute
Vivian Schiller joined the Aspen Institute in January 2020 as Executive Director of Aspen Digital, which empowers policymakers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world.
Vivian Schiller was a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology. She headed the Civil Foundation, which makes philanthropic grants in support of sustainable journalism, and helps uphold the journalism ethics and standards of Civil, the global network for ethical journalism.
Prior to joining Civil, Ms. Schiller held a number of executive roles in the media industry. She was the Global Chair of News at Twitter. In this role, she led the company’s strategy for news and partnership with journalism organizations and the news publishing ecosystem.
Before that Ms. Schiller was Senior VP & Chief Digital Office, NBC News where she led strategy and operations for the networks’ presence on the web, mobile, devices, and social media.
Prior to NBC, Ms. Schiller served as President and CEO of NPR, leading all of NPR's worldwide media operations. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications. Earlier in her career, Ms. Schiller was the head of CNN Productions, where she led CNN's long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.
Ms. Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian.