Bruce Auster is NPR's Senior Director for the Collaborative Journalism Network. He is at the center of an effort to transform the public radio system and establish a new way for NPR and the newsrooms of hundreds of NPR Member Stations to work together.
Before taking on this effort, Bruce led NPR's National Security unit from 2008 to 2015. In that role, he directed NPR's coverage of international security issues from Washington—including stories involving the U.S. military and the intelligence community. Before that, Bruce was the Senior Supervising Editor of NPR's Morning Edition for five years, where he worked with Morning Edition hosts Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne to bring listeners interviews with leading political, international, and cultural figures.
Before joining NPR, Auster spent sixteen years as a reporter and editor at U.S. News & World Report. He was the magazine's Pentagon correspondent for five years and also served as the magazine's White House correspondent during the first term of the Clinton administration.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
As a kid, NPR editor Bruce Auster loved to record his family talking. A snippet of tape captured by chance on a long-ago December night marked a moment before cancer changed everything for his family.
A federal jury found four former security guards with the company Blackwater guilty in connection with the shooting of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007 at a Baghdad traffic circle. That shooting revealed the leeway given outside contractors and became a symbol of the U.S. intervention in Iraq.