NPR (formerly “National Public Radio”) showed off its new 400,000-square-foot headquarters to media rivals last week, and reporters’ attention wandered from the state-of-the-art digital production facilities to the wellness center, employee gym with a trainer, green roof complete with beehives, and the gourmet cafe with its resident chef. Seems pretty luxurious for a nonprofit outfit.
Right-Wing outlets are grumbling that this was all funded with taxpayer money. Actually, the $201 million facility was paid for by the sale of the old NPR building near Chinatown, tax-exempt bonds, and private donations. DC also granted a 20-year property tax exemption worth $40 million so NPR wouldn’t leave for the ‘burbs the way WETA did.
“NPR’s new headquarters refuels funding debate,” Paul Farhi, Washington Post
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