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Knowledge@Wharton: December 12, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Paul Overberg (Reporter, Wall Street Journal), Christopher Bosso (Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Northeastern University), Richard Robert (Editor, Paris Innovation Review), and Loren Mayor (President, Operations, NPR) on the Wednesday, December 12, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Christopher Bosso

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Christopher Bosso

Paul Overberg

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Paul Overberg

Loren Mayor

Air Time: 4:00 pm
Featuring: Loren Mayor

Richard Robert

Air Time: 12:00 am
Featuring: Richard Robert

Featured Guests

Paul Overberg

Reporter, Wall Street Journal


Paul Overberg is a data reporter at The Wall Street Journal and a member of its investigative team. He focuses on economic and demographic stories but helps reporters working on many subjects.

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Christopher Bosso

Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Northeastern University


Christopher Bosso is professor of public policy at Northeastern University. His areas of interest include food and environmental policy, science and technology policy, and the governance of emerging technologies. His newest books are Framing the Farm Bill: Interests, Ideology, and the Agricultural Act of 2014 (University of Kansas Press, 2017) and, as editor, Feeding Cities: Improving Local Food Access, Sustainability, and Resilience (Routledge, 2017). His 2005 book, Environment, Inc.: From Grassroots to Beltway, received the 2006 Caldwell Award for best book in environmental policy and politics from the American Political Science Association. He also serves as associate director for academic affairs for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and coordinates the undergraduate minor on food systems sustainability, health and equity

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Richard Robert

Editor, Paris Innovation Review


Till July 2018 Richard Robert was the executive director of Paris Innovation Review. He took this position on March 1st, 2012, after a six-month period as the magazine’s chief editor. A graduate from Ecole normale supérieure (France), he started his career in 1995 as an Assistant Professor in University of Caen. In these early years he published six books on literature and history of ideas. He also founded and managed for seven years a quarterly journal on contemporary literature, Scherzo (Presses universitaires de France, 1997-2004). But what would be later called the Internet bubble provided jobs, ideas, prospects. He started to write on other topics and gradually left the academia for the Internet and publishing industry.

In Sept. 2002, soon after completing his PhD cum laude (“Utopy and individuals, 1770-1810”), he was recruited by Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT), a moderate labor union with a tradition of intellectual networking (Michel Foucault was a familiar in the 80es). For seven years he was the chief editor of a quarterly review, Cadres. He also served three years as an adviser for CFDT’s secretary-general François Chérèque. During this period he worked with French think tanks such as La République des Idées or En temps réel, writing political studies, translating books (from Suzanne Berger, Paul Berman, Michael Ignatieff), as well as reading a lot of economics and political science.

In Nov. 2005 he joined political scientist Zaki Laidi, economists Charles Wyplosz and Lionel Fontagné and media entrepreneur Jean-Christophe Boulanger to launch Telos, a European online intellectual agency first chaired by WTO’s Director-General Pascal Lamy. Telos publishes articles and op-ed on matters ranging from economic policy to international affairs; authors now include over 400 senior academics from 20 countries.

After quitting CFDT in 2009 Richard spent two years in Germany, working as a freelance writer, enjoying Schwarzbrot and getting married. He came back to Paris in 2011 to join ParisTech Review (now Paris Innovation Review) as chief editor. On the side he gives lectures, most of them at ENA (France’s National School of Administration). In the last 10 years he has published numerous op-ed and articles on economical and political matters in French and international newspapers: Le Figaro, La Tribune, Slate, Les Echos, L’Express, Esprit, Cadres (Paris), Le Temps (Geneva), and more.
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Loren Mayor

President, Operations, NPR


In September 2018, Loren Mayor was named President, Operations at NPR. This is a newly created position, reporting to NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn, which will help set the course for NPR’s future.

As President, Operations, Mayor oversees daily operations and the leadership of NPR’s Programming, Legal, HR, Business Development, Diversity, Engineering/IT/Distribution, Member Partnership, and Policy and Representation groups.

Since coming to NPR, Loren has been a key decision maker on strategies of all kinds – from identifying new business opportunities to developing organizational plans to guiding NPR’s work to become a best in class employer. Loren is recognized both inside NPR and across the public radio system for her deep commitment to public media and her rare ability to both set and execute vision, turning aspirations into measurable outcomes.

She previously served as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to COO, Mayor was NPR’s Senior Vice President of Strategy at NPR. In that role, Mayor worked across the organization and with NPR’s Board of Directors to develop NPR’s strategic plan.

Mayor joined NPR in 2012. Previously she held the role of Vice President of Strategy and Ventures at PBS, where she had served since 2008. There she led long-term and annual strategic planning, media strategy, and corporate partnerships.

Prior to joining PBS, Mayor was employed by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting for five years, rising to the position of Vice President of Media Strategies and Technologies. She consulted for three years for McKinsey & Company, working primarily with clients in the non-profit and media sectors.

She has a PhD from Northwestern University, where she also served as a visiting assistant professor.


Twitter- @NPR | @LorenMayor
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