WASHINGTON (AP) -- A private foundation is giving $14 million to National Public Radio, $10 million of which will support news and public affairs programs at the network's 714 stations.
The other $4 million from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago will go to an endowment for NPR's long-term financial stability and innovations.
''This extraordinary, historic commitment ... gives NPR enormous new reserves, at a crucial time, to carry us forward and expand our service,'' said NPR's president, Kevin Klose.
The donation, largest in NPR's 32-year history, brings the foundation's contributions to the organization to more than $31 million.
The foundation is best known for its ''genius grants,'' the no-strings-attached awards given to scholars, artists and others since 1981 to free them to pursue their work without having to worry about making a living.
In its announcement, the foundation called attention to NPR's emphasis on international news, saying it was ''considerably more than most commercial network news.''
NPR claims an audience of nearly 20 million listeners weekly.
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