Zach Brand

Zach Brand
Chief of Tech. Strategy & Ops, NPR, Digital media

Website | @zbrand

Zach Brand is the Senior Director of Technical Strategy and Operation at NPR. In this position he oversees all of NPR’s Digital Media technical efforts, which include the website, the NPR mobile site, the RSS feed, NPR’s Application Program Interface (API), NPR podcasts, and online services for stations.

Since Brand joined NPR in October 2007, he has focused on developing extensible and reusable architectures for tools and content. Brand played a critical role with the team that developed and launched NPR’s API, which provides a structured way for other computer applications to get NPR stories in a predictable, flexible and powerful way. He was instrumental in the production of the various iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile applications.

Brand’s contributions to NPR Digital Media have helped earn the company several top industry awards, including an Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for in 2010. He was part of the team that earned a 2009 Peabody award for the redesign of and two Online Journalism Awards for NPR mobile apps and the API in 2010.

Prior to working at NPR, Brand oversaw technology for Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, including,, and

A Boston University graduate, Brand earned a Bachelor of Science degre


Development, Product Management
Location: Conference Room E Level:
Tags: mobile
Zach Brand (NPR, Digital media)
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Good architecture of systems and flexibility of content has also allowed NPR to have the freedom and agility to quickly deploy solid user experience and elegant design to multiple platforms. This presentation will cover how NPR improved the code inside its API to be more efficient, while meeting new and evolving product needs. Read more.
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