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The man who steered NPR through its worst financial crisis has died.

Former WILL General Manager and NPR board chair Donald Mullally led a restructuring of the public radio system and helped build the modern NPR.

Mullally came to the University of Illinois to teach. He taught communications courses on and off throughout his three decades at U of I.

But, because of his background in commercial television, Mullally was recruited to head WILL.

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Carl Kasell is retiring from "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" and moves into his new role as Scorekeeper Emeritus of the NPR news quiz.