PRPD and PMJA are excited to join together to present a collaborative 4-day virtual summit.

Let’s Go Live to learn, network, and build on our many important roles as media leaders in this changing world.

Schedule

  • 21 September
  • 22 September
  • 23 September
  • 24 September

Help Desk

08:30 AM 05:00 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:45 AM 11:00 AM

Terry Gildea

Abby Goldstein

Building An Inclusive Public Media

11:00 AM 11:45 AM

Duchesne Drew

Abby Goldstein

Celeste Headlee

Tanzina Vega

PRX Coffee Break | Grab a Cup and Join Kara Miller from Innovation Hub for a Brief Message

11:45 AM 12:00 PM

Winning Digital: Planning for Multi-Platform Success

12:00 PM 12:45 PM

Terry Gildea

Lori Todd

In-Studio Session with Lianne La Havas from APM's The Current

12:45 PM 01:00 PM

Tell Me A Story: Broadening the Classical Music Audience and the Canon with Context

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

Suzanne Bona

Helga Davis

Lara Downes

Nathaniel Silver

George Steel

News/Talk Format Meeting

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

AH Arvid Hokanson

APM Presents Classical Kids Storytime: Harriet's Recital

01:45 PM 02:00 PM

Programming for Kids

02:00 PM 02:45 PM

Bill Childs

Sam Payne

Katie Stone

"Uncle Devin" Walker

APM Presents Classical Kids Storytime: A Farmer's Tale

02:45 PM 03:00 PM

Save Your Endangered History

03:00 PM 03:45 PM

Rachel Curtis

Casey Davis Kaufman

Debra Fraser

Terry Gildea

NHK Presents a Sneak Peak at Asian View

03:45 PM 04:00 PM

Objectivity and the Culture of Journalism

04:00 PM 04:45 PM

Tracy Brown

Angela Kocherga

Keith Woods

Closing Comments

04:45 PM 05:00 PM

Help Desk

10:00 AM 05:00 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:45 AM 11:00 AM

Terry Gildea

Abby Goldstein

America Amplified and Election Coverage

11:00 AM 11:45 AM

Scott Blanchard

Kathy Lu

Mary Shedden

Donna Vestal

Coffee Break with the LiveWire Crew

11:45 AM 12:00 PM

Navigating Music Rights Across Digital Platforms & Through the Pandemic

12:00 PM 12:45 PM

SB Scott Bell

ME Michele Edwards

Abby Goldstein

Joni Lupovitz

Ashley Messenger

Discussion Room: PMJA's Mission Statement

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Remarks from Chandra Kavati, APM

12:45 PM 01:00 PM

Covering the COVID Election with Reveal, APM Reports and Member Stations

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

Sumi Aggarwal

Dee Hall

Tom Scheck

Triple A Format Meeting

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

LF Liz Felix

RH Rita Houston

AM Amy Miller

NHK Presents Asian View

01:45 PM 02:00 PM

Coaching Talent with Confidence

02:00 PM 02:45 PM

Ben Adler

Marilyn Pittman

In-Studio Session with Jason Isbell from APM's The Current

02:45 PM 03:00 PM

Building a Station Mentoring Program

03:00 PM 03:45 PM

Amy Kovac-Ashley

Doug Mitchell

Content Depot | Connecting Public Radio Stations and Producers

03:45 PM 04:00 PM

Public Radio Tech Survey

04:00 PM 04:45 PM

Abby Goldstein

Fred Jacobs

APM Presents: Radio Trivia with Trivia Mafia!

05:15 PM 06:15 PM

Help Desk

10:00 AM 05:00 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:45 AM 11:00 AM

Terry Gildea

Abby Goldstein

Birth of a Music Format

11:00 AM 11:45 AM

"Madd Hatta" Ben Thompson

Ayana Contreras

Mike Henry

"Heart Attack" Mike Mauzone

Nikki Swarn

PRX Presents Take a Walk with Glynn Washington from Snap Judgment

11:45 AM 12:00 PM

Responsive On-Air Fundraising

12:00 PM 12:45 PM

Ben Adler

Lindsay Kimball

Mike Wallace

In-Studio Session with Michael Kiwanuka from APM's The Current

12:45 PM 01:00 PM

Building Great Relationships With Freelancers

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

Amanda Hickman

Mónica Ortiz Uribe

Angilee Shah

Jazz Format Hang-Out

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

In Studio Session with Hozier from APM's The Current

01:45 PM 02:00 PM

Super Practical Tips for Editing Scripts

02:00 PM 02:45 PM

Korva Coleman

Phyllis Fletcher

Rachel Osier Lindley

APM Presents The Arts Hour from the BBC World Service

02:45 PM 03:00 PM

The Basics of Radio Ratings

03:00 PM 03:45 PM

Ele Ellis

Dave Sullivan

Meet Kara Miller of Innovation Hub from PRX

03:45 PM 04:00 PM

Local That Works

04:00 PM 04:45 PM

Zaki Hamid

Bill Legere

Kristin  Leong

Jennifer Pemberton

Sam Sessa

Help Desk

10:00 AM 05:00 PM

Opening Comments

10:45 AM 11:00 AM

Terry Gildea

Abby Goldstein

A Commencement: Seven Ideas for the Next Era of Public Radio

11:00 AM 11:45 AM

Abby Goldstein

Eric Nuzum

Content Depot | Connecting Public Radio Stations and Producers

11:45 AM 12:00 PM

Launching a Daily Podcast

12:00 PM 12:45 PM

Jill Jackson

Brendan Sweeney

In-Studio Session with Lizzo from APM's The Current

12:45 PM 01:00 PM

The Six Types of American News Audiences: A Major Segmentation Study

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

Abby Goldstein

Steve Mulder

Classical Format Meeting

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

John Clare

Genevieve Randall

NHK Presents AsianView

01:45 PM 02:00 PM

Managing Your On-Air Inventory

02:00 PM 02:45 PM

Abby Goldstein

Jeff Rowe

Christina Shockley

Meet the LiveWire Crew from PRX

02:45 PM 03:00 PM

Update on the Collaborative Journalism Network

03:00 PM 03:45 PM

Bruce Auster

Joanne Griffith

Mark Memmott

Priska Neely

Remarks from Chandra Kavati, APM

03:45 PM 04:00 PM

Don't Lose This Moment!

04:00 PM 04:45 PM

Angela Davis

Terry Gildea

Pallavi Gogoi

Jordan Lee

Day 4 Closing Comments

04:45 PM 05:00 PM

Terry Gildea

Abby Goldstein

Registration is Now Open!

When:

Monday
September 21

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Thursday
September 24

With zero travel and lower registration fees, we’re looking forward to bringing meaningful and timely content to a wider audience in an interactive virtual setting. We encourage you to extend this opportunity to your whole team as we come together throughout the system to be in community and engage in significant conversations about public media today.

Sponsors

Speakers

PRPD/PMJA Boards

Ben Adler

Director of Programming and Audience Development
CapRadio
Ben first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool — and not necessarily by choice. He made his radio debut (and blatant early mistakes) at Northwestern University’s student radio station, WNUR. There, he spent much of his time broadcasting sports; a news internship at Chicago Public Radio gradually helped bring him over from the “dark side.” He spent the summer of 2003 broadcasting Minor League Baseball in Great Falls, Montana, before turning full-time to public radio. After several years covering the Monterey Bay Area and hosting All Things Considered for NPR member station KAZU, he joined CapRadio in August 2007.

At CapRadio, Ben has held multiple roles within the Content Department. He started as the station’s Sacramento Region reporter, and soon hosted All Things Considered and anchored afternoon newscasts while continuing to cover the local news beat. In February 2011, Ben moved to CapRadio’s Capitol Bureau, where his love of politics made him a natural fit. A year later, he was named Capitol Bureau Chief, and for the next eight years, he led CapRadio’s statewide news coverage that airs on NPR stations throughout California.

Ben now serves as CapRadio’s Director of Programming and Audience Development, a position on the Content Department leadership team that he’s held since January 2020. As the lead advocate for CapRadio’s audience, he’s responsible for the “sound of the station” across all of CapRadio’s platforms — including radio, web streams and podcasts. Ben lives in Sacramento, where his wife, three children and several pets tolerate his love for public radio, baseball, scotch and poker.

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23 September

Sumi Aggarwal

Director of Collaborations
Reveal
Sumi Aggarwal is an award-winning journalist. She currently leads the collaborations team at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the nation’s oldest non-profit investigative newsroom. Prior to Reveal, she spent nearly a decade at CBS News’ 60 Minutes, where she produced a wide variety of stories ranging from investigations to profiles to in-depth science pieces. She has also worked at The Today Show, led Executive Communications for Google’s Search and Maps teams and at a number of local news organizations. Sumi is the recipient of a number of journalism awards - the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, several News Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters and beloved dog.

22 September

Bruce Auster

Director for the Collaborative Journalism Network
NPR
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.

24 September

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Scott Bell

General Counsel
KEXP
Scott was a corporate lawyer in private practice for 32 years, the last 15 of which he served as managing partner of Cairncross & Hempelmann in Seattle. In 2013, after serving as chair of the KEXP Advisory Board for a number of years, he decided to make the KEXP mission—to enrich people’s lives by championing music and discovery—his full-time gig. Scott has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em, Horns!) and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He became a retiree a couple of weeks ago, but will always remain part of the KEXP family....
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Scott Bell

General Counsel
KEXP

22 September

"Madd Hatta" Ben Thompson

Content Director
The Vibe on KTSU - Houston
Benjamin Thompson, professionally known as Madd Hatta and Mista Madd, is an American rapper and record producer from Houston, Texas. The Madd Hatta began his broadcast career in college radio on WNAA-FM, on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC.

Following a stint at Greensboro’s 102 JAMZ (WJMH-FM), The Madd Hatta arrived in Houston, Texas in 1993 to handle nights for Majic 102 (KMJQ-FM). He later moved to afternoons then eventually to morning drive for 97.9 The Boxx (KBXX –FM). It was there that he achieved ratings dominance of the Houston radio market while serving as APD/MD for Radio One’s Boom 92 and Majic 102. In 2013, The Madd Hatta was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He now advises the programming team at Houston’s KTSU-FM on the campus of noted HBCU Texas Southern University.

23 September

Scott Blanchard

Editor
StateImpact Pennsylvania
Scott Blanchard is editor of StateImpact Pennsylvania, an award-winning public media collaboration among WITF, WHYY in Philadelphia and The Allegheny Front in Pittsburgh that covers the state’s energy economy.

Before joining StateImpact in 2017, Blanchard was enterprise editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, where he led the newsroom’s investigative and projects reporting. He was a 2013 Ochberg Fellow, receiving training at Columbia University in PTSD science, self-help and peer support. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors. A Rockville, Md., native, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s journalism school.

22 September

Suzanne Bona

Host & Executive Producer
Sunday Baroque
Suzanne Bona is the host and executive producer of Sunday Baroque, a syndicated weekly radio show of Baroque and early music. She originated the program in 1987 on WSHU Public Radio in her hometown of Fairfield, CT. Sunday Baroque has been distributed nationally since 1998, and is currently heard by more than a quarter million listeners every week on approximately 200 public radio stations and networks across the United States.

Suzanne is also a classically trained flutist who earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Connecticut. She continues to perform frequently as a soloist and chamber musician, and has especially enjoyed collaborating with some of her musically talented public radio colleagues in performances for listeners across the country, including in West Lafayette, IN, Phoenix, AZ, Cincinnati, Ohio, across Connecticut and on Long Island, NY, and in March 2012 and October 2016 as guest soloist with members of the Guam Symphony Orchestra in Tumon.

When she is not making radio or playing her flute, Suzanne’s hobbies include reading, running, cooking, baking and traveling. She is also passionate about the cause of literacy; she was a longtime volunteer tutor and board member for her local Literacy Council, and she is currently a community advisory board member for a children’s literacy initiative.

21 September

Tracy Brown

Managing Editor
WBEZ
Tracy Brown is WBEZ’s Managing Editor, where she leads the station’s news operation of more than 40 editors, reporters and producers for both broadcast and online. Tracy oversees editorial decisions regarding enterprise, investigations, daily news and special projects.

A newsroom leader and journalist for more than 25 years, she was deputy managing editor at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, where she oversaw the newspaper’s daily digital operation, features, education, food & dining. She was also the newspaper’s Page One editor and co-created the AJC’s award-winning narrative series Personal Journeys.

For more than a decade, she worked at The Dallas Morning News in Texas, in addition to the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.

21 September

Bill Childs

Executive Producer
Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child; KUTX
Bill Childs started Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child with his kids fifteen years ago on a low-power community station in Northampton, Massachusetts. Since then, it’s been aired on a variety of commercial and non-commercial stations, and is currently based at Austin, Texas’s KUTX, a non-commercial AAA station, sister station to NPR’s KUT, and is distributed via PRX. The show is weekly, focused on “indie music for indie kids,” playing both music that’s made for kids and kid-appropriate music from other folks. Countless bands have played in-studio, including They Might Be Giants, Elizabeth Mitchell, Too Many Zooz, Carrie Rodriguez, Harry & the Potters, Superchunk, and many more. Bill also runs Spare the Rock Records, a label that has raised over $200,000 for non-profits. His kids, now college-aged, still co-host when they’re around. When not doing radio, Bill is an in-house attorney at 3M.

21 September

John Clare

CEO & General Manager
Classic 107.3
John Nasukaluk Clare has landed in St. Louis after stints in Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington DC. Leading Classical 107.3 as CEO & General Manager, John also hosts SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall weekday mornings.

24 September

Korva Coleman

Newscaster
NPR
Korva Coleman is a newscaster for NPR.

In this role, she is responsible for writing, producing, and delivering national newscasts airing during NPR's newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Occasionally she serves as a substitute host for Weekend All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

Before joining NPR in 1990, Coleman was a staff reporter and copy editor for the Washington Afro-American newspaper. She produced and hosted First Edition, an overnight news program at NPR's member station WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C.

Early in her career, Coleman worked in commercial radio as news and public affairs directors at stations in Phoenix and Tucson.

23 September

Ayana Contreras

Senior Content Producer
Vocalo Radio - Chicago
Ayana Contreras is a host/producer with Vocalo. She is an avid collector of vintage vinyl records, and shares her knowledge as host of Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo.

Previously, Ayana was Executive Producer of The Barber Shop Show hosted by Richard Steele, which was broadcast from a working barber shop on Chicago’s West Side.

Ayana was a 2014-15 Arts + Public Life Artist-in-Residence at The University of Chicago, and is a 2015 Association of Independents in Radio New Voices Scholar. Her first hosting gig was with WBEZ’s Global Overnight program in 2007.

23 September

Rachel Curtis

Digital Conversion Specialist
Library of Congress
Rachel Curtis is the Digital Conversion Specialist at the Library of Congress. In this role, Rachel is the project manager for the Library of Congress side of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting project. She is involved with metadata mapping, reporting, planning, oversight, and overall coordination activities.

Rachel has a background in Anthropology and Art History and earned her MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a concentration in Archives Management. She previously worked at the Harley-Davidson Archives, where she was a project manager for their audiovisual digitization projects. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, visiting museums, playing video games, and bike riding.

21 September

Angela Davis

Host, MPR News
Minnesota Public Radio
Angela Davis joined MPR News in November 2018 after more than 20 years of reporting and anchoring in the Twin Cities and other cities throughout the country. She debuted as host of MPR News’ weekday 11 a.m. program – focusing on important issues facing Minnesotans and the state – in December 2018.

Before coming to MPR News, Angela anchored the WCCO-TV Sunday night newscasts and reported for evening newscasts during the week. She joined WCCO in 2006 and anchored the morning and noon newscasts during her first five years with the station. Prior to her time at WCCO, Angela anchored the morning and midday newscasts at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis for six years. She also worked as a reporter and weekend anchor with the station.

Angela holds a journalism degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and grew up in southern Virginia. She also did graduate work in urban affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a member of the local and national chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

24 September

Helga Davis

Artist and Curator

21 September

Casey Davis Kaufman

Associate Director
AAPB
Casey Davis Kaufman (she/her) is Associate Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives and Project Manager for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. In her role, Casey supports a team that includes a repository manager, web developers, and outreach staff to undertake collections management, access, curatorial work, metadata management, engagement, and special projects. She was Project Director for the NEH-funded PBCore Development and Training Project and the IMLS-funded Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship, now sustained through a collaboration with the University of Alabama. She has served as WGBH's AAPB project manager for the PBS NewsHour Digitization Project, Riverside Church/WRVR-FM Digitization Project, the Peabody Awards Digitization Project, and New Mexico Public Media and Kansas Public Media Digitization Projects.


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Chris Diers

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum

Lara Downes

Composer and Pianist

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Duchesne Drew

President
Minnesota Public Radio
Duchesne Drew leads strategy, programming and daily operations serving MPR’s growing regional audiences through MPR News, Classical MPR, The Current and MPR’s rapidly expanding digital, social and mobile services.
Drew comes to MPR from the Bush Foundation, where he led the foundation’s leadership programs, community innovation and communication teams and built networks across the region as its Community Network vice president. Prior to his role at Bush Foundation, Drew was managing editor of operations at the Star Tribune, where he began as a summer intern and rose to one of the most senior roles in the newsroom. Last year, he was honored with the Widening the Circle Award by ThreeSixty Journalism, recognizing individuals who have contributed to the next generation of journalists, particularly while promoting inclusion and diversity.
In addition to serving on the board of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Drew is a member of the Itasca Project’s working team and Make It. MSP.’s Leadership Council, which is focused on attracting and retaining talent within the Twin Cities region. Drew’s other board commitments include the African American Leadership Forum, the Monitors Club, the Leadership Learning Community and the Columbia Daily Spectator.

21 September

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Michele Edwards

Assistant General Counsel
NPR

22 September

Ele Ellis

Content Manager
WUWM
Ele Ellis is currently moving to Milwaukee, WI where she assumed the role of Content Manager at WUWM last July. She is responsible for the creative teams including on-air and digital. She moved from Kent, OH where she was Program Director at of WKSU, focusing on news across broadcast and digital platforms. Ele joined WKSU in 2013 and was instrumental in helping the station transition to a news-forward format. She previously served as Program Director for WUGA, Boise State Public Radio, and WNCW.
After getting a taste for radio working as a folk DJ in college, Ele began her public radio career as a host at WNCW in Spindale, North Carolina, where she also sold underwriting, and held positions leading Operations and Traffic. She is a native of Nashville, Tennessee.

23 September

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Liz Felix

On-air Host
WYEP

22 September

Phyllis Fletcher

Senior Editor
APM Studios
Phyllis was PMJA’s inaugural Editor of the Year. She edits the award-winning podcasts “Terrible, Thanks For Asking,” “Spectacular Failures,” “Brains On!” and more from American Public Media, and “70 Million” from Lantigua Williams & Co. Her journalism has been recognized with a Sigma Delta Chi medal, a national Edward R. Murrow Award, two Gracies, two UNITY Awards, and two Salutes to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists.

23 September

Debra Fraser

General Manager
KMUW
Debra Fraser is General Manager of KMUW, NPR for Wichita, Kansas. She has spent the past six years at KMUW seeking out and creating collaborations with the community, media and public broadcasting stations across the state. She spent 25 years in news and as station manager at the NPR station in Houston. In Wichita, her goal for news reporting, engagement, fundraising and community partnerships is to make her medium-sized radio station behave like a large station, because she says Wichita deserves no less. Debra serves the local community volunteering for other non-profits and doing whatever she can to make Wichita even better. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Radio, Television and Film.

21 September

Mark Fuerst

Director
Public Media Futures Forums
For three decades, Mark Fuerst has been recognized as one of the preeminent thought leaders and creative entrepreneurs in the U.S. public media. In 2015, he was selected for the PRRO Award for Outstanding Contributions Made on Behalf of the Public Radio Stations Nationwide.
With encouragement and support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), he organized the Integrated Media Association (IMA). With active participation from NPR, PBS, American Public Media, Public Radio International, and 30 leading stations, IMA became the leading industry advisory group for new media strategy and practice in U. S. public broadcasting.

From 2003 to 2010, Mark directed six national Public Media Conferences and seven national research projects on topics ranging from online fundraising and email marketing to digital music streaming.

From 2007 to 2009 he directed the CPB Public Media Innovation Fund, placing $800,000 in 40 R&D pilot projects in online news, social networking, new business models, and online education.
In 2008, he worked with IMA members to create Public Media Metrics (PMM). PMM applied Google Analytics to monitor activity at more than 100 non-commercial online properties, creating the first widely-deployed comparative performance tracking service for public media websites.
Most recently, starting in 2012, Mark directed and developed Public Media Futures Forums, a project of the Philadelphia-based Wyncote Foundation.

His latest Futures Forum project is “Local that Works,” a nation-wide research project that has collected and evaluated more than 300 examples of local public media service, looking to identify projects that are efficient, effective, and replicable across a wide range of public radio and TV stations.

Jacquie Gales Webb

Vice President, Radio
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Jacquie Gales Webb is Vice President, Radio, at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). She is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to strengthen the ability of public radio stations to create high-quality, multiplatform content and to grow their audiences.

Ms. Gales Webb joined the CPB Radio department in 2005 as a project manager and was promoted to Director, Content, in 2017. She has managed grants that have touched the lives of many Americans, including StoryCorps’ Mobile Booth and One Small Step projects, WGBH’s WORLD Channel, the Urban Alternative music format, radio station engagement around Ken Burns’ PBS docuseries “Country Music” and NPR’s international coverage. She has been integral to the development of projects to help minority and rural stations increase content production, community engagement and revenue capacity. She helped shape the Texas Station Collaborative, which is now the NPR Texas Hub, and has managed several other journalism collaborations.

Prior to joining CPB, Ms. Gales Webb was a producer in radio and TV, winning six local Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, a DuPont Silver Baton, and a Gracie Award. She serves on the advisory boards of both the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She also has been the host of a gospel music show on WHUR for nearly 30 years. She is recognized as a national authority on gospel music, and the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses presented Jacquie with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for continuous service and support of gospel music.

Ms. Gales Webb graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and communication from Emerson College in Boston.

Terry Gildea

Executive Director
PMJA
Terry has served as ED for PMJA since the organization added full-time staff in 2018.  Prior to that, Terry served as a Program Director and News Director at various public radio stations in the system.

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Pallavi Gogoi

Chief Business Editor
NPR

As head of NPR's business desk, Pallavi Gogoi leads the network's coverage of the most essential financial, economic, technology and media stories of the day.
Gogoi's mission is to bring a deeper understanding of the policies and actions of business and government and their impact on the everyday lives of people, the economy and the world.
Under her leadership, NPR's business reporters have cast a spotlight on current events shaping the country and society – from the intense scrutiny on Silicon Valley and the fight for and against free speech, the messaging from the White House and what that means for democracy, the #Metoo movement and its effect on working Americans, and the emotional and financial toll on families at the center of the opioid crisis.

24 September

Abby Goldstein

President and Executive Director
PRPD
Abby has been President and Executive Director of PRPD since June of 2019.  Prior to that Abby served as General Manager at WYEP in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Joanne Griffith

The California Newsroom
Managing Editor
Joanne Griffith was named managing editor of the California newsroom, a statewide regional newsroom collaboration between NPR and California public radio stations.  Prior to this role, Joanne served as the assistant managing editor of digital for Marketplace.

24 September

Dee Hall

Managing Editor
Wisconsin Watch
Dee J. Hall is co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. She joined the staff as managing editor in June 2015 where she is responsible for Wisconsin Watch, the Center’s news operation. She worked at the Wisconsin State Journal for 24 years as an editor and reporter focusing on projects and investigations. Prior to returning to her hometown of Madison in 1990, she was a reporter for eight years at The Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix, where she covered city government, schools and the environment. During her 35-year journalism career, Hall has won more than three dozen local, state and national awards for her work, including the 2001 State Journal investigation that uncovered a $4 million-a-year secret campaign machine operated by Wisconsin’s top legislative leaders.

22 September

Zaki Hamid

Community Engagement
KUOW
Zaki Barak Hamid is an Arab immigrant from Jordan. In the US since 1994, He received his bachelor’s degree in theater from the University at Albany in upstate New York, and a Master of Fine Arts in classical theatre from the University of Delaware. Zaki leads the community engagement department at KUOW Public Radio, where he dedicated to lifting the voices that are seldom heard, and telling the stories that are seldom told.

Before KUOW, Zaki was the program director at Humanities Washington, where he produced hundreds of Humanities-themed lectures and discussion programs throughout the state. Before that, he served as Intiman Theatre's director of education and community programs. He also teaches classes on film, and mass media, at Everett Community College. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading, watching endless movies, and cheering on his beloved Seattle Sounders.

23 September

Celeste Headlee

Journalist, Host, and Author
Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker and best-selling author of We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter. She is co-host of the new weekly series Retro Report on PBS and season three of the Scene on Radio podcast – MEN. Celeste serves as an advisory board member for Procon.org and The Listen First Project. Her TEDx Talk “10 Ways To Have a Better Conversation” has over 30 million total views to date. Her most recent book, Do Nothing: How To Break Away From Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving, helps us break free of our unhealthy devotion to efficiency, and shows us how to reclaim our time and humanity with a little more leisure.

In her 20-year career in public radio, Celeste has been the Executive Producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio, and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel.

Celeste’s work and insights have been featured on TODAY, Psychology Today, Inc., NPR, Time, Essence, Elle, BuzzFeed, Salon, Parade, and many more. She has presented to over 100 companies, conferences and universities including Apple, Google, United Airlines, Duke University, Chobani and ESPN, and received the 2019 Media Changemaker Award. Celeste lives in Washington, D.C.

21 September

Mike Henry

President
Paragon Media Strategies
Mike Henry is CEO of entertainment and media consulting firm Paragon and a 2012 Peabody Award recipient.Henry has over 40 years’ experience working in and for public radio stations.His radio career began in 1979 at college radio WUOG-FM in Athens, Georgia.Since then, his public radio consulting has included NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, where he created the “NPR News” brand, and many NPR News, Indie Rock, Triple A and Urban Alternative stations, including KERA/Dallas, KCUR/Kansas City, WFUV/New York, KCMP/Minneapolis, Radio Milwaukee, Indie 102.3/Denver, Blazin’ Hot 91/Norfolk and The Vibe/Houston.Henry has a history of working with digital media start-ups, including co-founding and being Brand Manager for VuHaus Group, which includes the NPR Music Live Sessions video collaboration and leading public music discovery stations including KCRW/Los Angeles, KUTX/Austin, KEXP/Seattle, WGBH/Boston.

23 September

Amanda Hickman

Managing Director
AIR
Amanda led BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts, and has taught reporting, multimedia storytelling and data visualization at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Columbia Journalism School. She helped launch DocumentCloud, an award winning reporting tool and catalog of primary source documents now used by thousands of journalists around the world, and her work as Director of Technology at Gotham Gazette, won numerous awards, including multiple notable entries to the Knight Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism, General Excellence in Online Journalism from the Online News Association and multiple Knight News Challenge Innovation grants.

23 September

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Arvid Hokanson

Director of Audience
KUOW
Arvid oversees the broadcast schedule for KUOW. He also conducts research on the listening behavior of KUOW's broadcast audience. Arvid has served on the PRX Editorial Board and on numerous program development advisory groups. He helped bring the NPR Next Generation Radio Project to Seattle in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Prior to his appointment as Director of Audience, Arvid served as a talk show producer and as Assistant Program Director. He also worked for Northwest Cable News, filed news stories for NPR, Marketplace and reported from the streets during the WTO protests in Seattle. Arvid completed the Leadership Academy at the Evans School of Public Affairs. He also participated in the Seattle Police Department's Community Police Academy and the FBI Citizens Academy. Arvid is a graduate of Western Washington University, with a degree in journalism.

21 September

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Rita Houston

Program Director
WFUV

22 September

Jill Jackson

New Director
KUOW
Jill Jackson is an Emmy award-winning journalist who runs KUOW’s news coverage. Jackson started her news career as an intern at KUOW in 2003 before heading to Washington, D.C., to report on politics and the U.S. Congress for Capitol News Connection with Public Radio International. She spent a year working at NPR producing daily news pieces for All Things Considered. Jackson then joined CBS News as a congressional producer covering the great recession of 2008, the long road to passage of the Affordable Care Act and the rise of the Tea Party in 2010. After nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, Jackson ran CBS This Morning’s Washington newsroom, leading a team of producers, editors and correspondents to make the relaunched morning program hosted by Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King as innovative and newsy as possible. In 2014, Jackson joined the team at Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, and later John Dickerson, producing interviews with numerous lawmakers, President Barack Obama and 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump. Jackson is a Seattle native and graduate of the University of Washington. She is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest with her husband David and their two daughters.

24 September

Fred Jacobs

Founder
Jacobs Media
Fred has emerged over the past two decades as one of radio’s leading visionaries. He founded Jacobs Media in 1983, when he had the notion that Album Rock could be fragmented by the creation of the Classic Rock format. Today, Classic Rock stands out as the most successful radio format in the last 20 years.
Prior to launching the company, Fred spent the majority of his time designing and managing research projects as the Director of Research for the Radio and Publishing divisions for Frank N. Magid Associates, a leading research and consulting firm. Later, Fred became Director of Radio Research for the ABC-FM Owned and Operated Radio Stations. From there, Fred gravitated to the station side, becoming program director for legendary WRIF-FM in Detroit, before forming Jacobs Media.
In 2018, Fred was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He is the first radio consultant to ever receive this honor.
Fred has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.

22 September

Lindsay Kimball

Director, Regional Membership
MPR
Lindsay Kimball started her career at Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current in 2005 as an intern. She’s adapted to a variety of roles since then including producer, host, and assistant program director. In her time at The Current, she partnered with a brewery to launch a co-branded beer, has produced in-studio sessions with artists like Adele, Johnny Rotten, and The Avett Brothers and live broadcasts from Iceland Airwaves to Bonnaroo and SXSW. Recently, she took a new position in 2019 and is now the Director, Regional Membership at Minnesota Public Radio. Lindsay continues to host an air shift on Friday nights on The Current as well as the Friday Night Concerts program.

Before joining The Current, she was host and music director for KWLC, Luther College, IA. She graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in communication and psychology. She’s the Vice-Chair of the City of St. Paul’s Cultural STAR program, which provides grants to St. Paul arts and cultural projects and organizations and is an active community organizer within her neighborhood of Little Bohemia in St. Paul. She’s a home brewing beer enthusiast, super fan of The Avett Brothers and Bon Iver, and mom to Willemina and Lavin.

23 September

Angela Kocherga

News Director
KTEP
Angela Kocherga is news director and a correspondent for public radio station KTEP in El Paso. She has dedicated her career to covering the southwest border and Mexico for public media, leading television stations and digital news sources. As bureau chief in Mexico City and later on the Texas-Mexico border she shaped coverage for a television stations group reporting on immigration and child migrants, the buildup of the Border Patrol and impact of drug violence on families on both sides of the border. She earned a Maria Moors Cabot prize for courageous reporting in Latin America in 2019 from Columbia University for her body of work. She lives on the edge of West Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua and calls the borderland home.

21 September

Amy Kovac-Ashley

Vice President and Senior Director
American Press Institute
Amy Kovac-Ashley is vice president and senior director at the American Press Institute.
Amy leads the American Press Institute’s newsroom learning program, which provides support and resources to local innovators in newsrooms across the country. She oversees API’s Changemaker Network, where these innovators connect with one another and share best practices. She is interested in finding new ways to support newsroom talent development and to facilitate peer learning among journalists.
Prior to joining the American Press Institute, Amy worked as a journalism educator. She was the managing director of West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media Innovation Center and the assistant dean of Georgetown University’s master’s in journalism program. She has taught journalism ethics, media writing, media law and Capstone courses.
She spent a dozen years as a professional journalist, with most of her time working in print or digital news. She reported on education and other local affairs at The Herald News and The Roanoke Times and was an editor at Foreign Policy magazine, Patch.com and The Washington Post, where she was the paper’s first social media editor.
Amy holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

22 September

Jordan Lee

Program Director
Radio Milwaukee

24 September

Bill Legere

President and General Manager
KTOO
Bill Legere has been President and General Manager of KTOO Public Media since 1991.He directs all the activities of Juneau's public media organization, which includes a statewide news service, three local public radio stations, and an Alaska public affairs television channel.

He started with KTOO as Radio Manager in 1985 and served as KTOO's Vice President and Assistant General Manager from 1987 until 1991.

In 1995, Mr. Legere created “Gavel Alaska,” Alaska’s version of C-SPAN. In 2007, He developed “360 North,” the statewide Alaska public affairs television channel.In the same year he led the project to acquire two additional radio frequencies and launch a new three-station public radio service in Juneau.

In 2013, he started a multi-year reorganization to transform KTOO from a traditional public radio and TV station to one of the state’s major news organizations.He increased the number of journalists, expanded digital news services, developed new editorial leadership and implemented stringent ethical standards. In 2015 Mr. Legere started Alaska’s Energy Desk, a statewide news collaboration with a staff of 15 journalists covering energy and the environment in Alaska.

A native of Maine, his public broadcasting career started in 1971 at Maine Public Broadcasting, where he worked as a reporter, host and news producer for the state's public radio and television stations until 1978.From 1977 until 1979, he was on the broadcasting and journalism faculty at the University of Maine.

A 1974 graduate of the University of Maine, Mr. Legere holds a degree in Journalism and Broadcasting with a minor in Rural Sociology and graduate studies in Agricultural and Resource Economics and Rhetorical Theory and Analysis.

23 September

Kristin Leong

KUOW
Community Engagement Producer
Kristin Leong is a former middle school Humanities teacher and before joining KUOW, she was Town Hall Seattle's Community Programs Curator and Residency Program Lead.
She is one of 30 international leaders selected for TED-Ed's third cohort of Innovative Educators and she is a three-term Washington State Teacher Leader.
She is the founder of RollCallProject.com, a portrait and storytelling project humanizing the culture gaps separating students and teachers.
Her project HALF: Biracial + Bicultural was nominated for a USA Today award.
You can learn more about Kristin's work at kristinleong.com.

23 September

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Joy Lin

VP of Journalism
CPB
Joy Lin is Vice President of Journalism at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She is responsible for strategy, planning and major initiatives. Ms. Lin brings with her more than a decade of experience as a network television news producer with ABC News, Fox News and CBS News. She most recently served as a producer at ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”
Previously, Ms. Lin served as a White House producer for Fox News during the Obama administration, traveling domestically and overseas to cover the president in Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Russia, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Kenya and Ethiopia. She also served as a presidential campaign embed, as well as a producer at “Special Report with Bret Baier.” Before that, Ms. Lin worked as an assignment editor, campaign reporter and associate producer at CBS News.
She graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Social Studies.

Kathy Lu

Digital and Social Media Editor
America Amplified
Kathy Lu is coming to public media after more than two decades working in print media (The Kansas City Star and The Roanoke (Va.) Times), mostly as an award-winning features editor who loves a good story — whether in writing, social, audio or video. She is a past president of the Society for Features Journalism and a graduate of leadership courses through AAJA and Maynard Institute. She is an SEO and audience engagement believer. Fun fact: She once got a personal video message from basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal (go to her Twitter, @kathyluwho, for details).

22 September

Joni Lupovitz

Senior Director, Public Policy
NPR & noncomMUSIC Alliance
Joni Lupovitz has served as Senior Director of Public Policy for NPR and the public radio system since November 2017.In this role, she works to shape policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives to support public radio’s needs and opportunities in today’s changing digital world. Her special projects include the noncomMUSIC Alliance, which celebrates public radio’s role in connecting musicians and artists with the audiences who enjoy and support their music.
Lupovitz has more than 25 years of legal, public policy, and government strategy experience in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Her 14-year tenure at the Federal Trade Commission included serving as Chief of Staff and as Assistant Director for Enforcement in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. She also served as Vice President of Policy at Common Sense Media, where she led initiatives on children’s online privacy and connected classrooms. Earlier in her legal career, she was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, with a diverse civil litigation and regulatory practice.

22 September

Mark Memmott

Managing Editor
The Texas Newsroom
Mark Memmott was hired as the first managing editor for The Texas Newsroom in November of last year.  Memmott is well-known across public radio. He's been one of NPR's guiding voices on issues of ethics and policy as supervising senior editor for standards and practices. He helped write the NPR Ethics Handbook, and created the network's first breaking-news blog, "The Two Way." He spent nearly 25 years as an editor and reporter at USA Today, including multiple reporting trips to Afghanistan.

24 September

Ashley Messenger

Senior Associate General Counsel
NPR
Ashley Messenger is Senior Associate General Counsel at NPR, specializing in media law and music issues. Early in her career as a lawyer, she represented bands in negotiations with record labels. For the last 25 years, she has mostly worked for media companies on a range of content issues. She is the author of a book, Media Law: A Practical Guide, which contains a chapter on music rights, and she is also a former radio host.

22 September

Suzanne Meyer

Let's Go Live Producer

Jesse Michel

Owner
PRC Applications

"Heart Attack" Mike Mauzone

Content Director
Blaz'n Hott 91 WNSB - Norfolk

23 September

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Amy Miller

Program Director
KERA

22 September

Doug Mitchell

Founder/Project Director
NPR
media professional development camp for college students and early career professionals. Also, Doug is Board Chair for the Center for Collaborative Journalism. Advisor to the Board for “A Beautiful Mind Foundation and advises two podcast startups, each founded and led by women of color.

22 September

Steve Mulder

Director of Audience Research
NPR
Steve Mulder is Senior Director of Audience Insights at NPR, where he spearheads digital analytics and insights across the organization, ensuring that NPR and public radio stations have a comprehensive understanding of audiences across all digital platforms. He launched an Analytics Service for stations that provides tailor-made measurement, reporting, and insights for the public radio system. He is also the author of The User Is Always Right: A Practical Guide to Creating and Using Personas for the Web.

24 September

Priska Neely

Managing Editor
Gulf States Newsroom
Priska Neely was recently hired to head the Gulf States Newsroom, the newest joint collaboration between NPR and member stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.  Prior to her role with the Gulf States Newsroom, Neely was a reporter for Reveal.

24 September

Eric Nuzum

Co-Founder and Creator
Magnificent Noise and Iconic Podcasts
Over the past 14 years, he has made podcasts that routinely top the charts, appear in yearly “best of” lists, win awards, and generate hundreds of millions of downloads. He started NPR’s podcasting efforts in 2005 and remained that effort’s chief creative and strategic force for the following decade, leading NPR to become the largest distributor of podcasts in the world. Eric developed some of NPR’s most successful podcasts, and continued that record of success during his tenure as Audible’s leader for short-form content and podcasting. In 2019, he co-founded Magnificent Noise, a podcast production and creative consulting company based in New York City. Eric’s book on audio and podcast creation, titled Make Noise: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling, will be released by Workman Publishing in December, 2019.

He is also the author of Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Music, A Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to be Haunted (2012), The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula (2007) and Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America (2001). Nuzum was awarded the National Edward R. Murrow Award for News Writing and his work has appeared in a few publications you’ve heard of and many more that you haven’t heard of.

24 September

Mónica Ortiz Uribe

Freelancer
Mónica Ortiz Uribe is a freelance radio reporter who specializes in the U.S./Mexico border and the American southwest. Her work airs on National Public Radio and Public Radio International. Mónica is fluent in Spanish and has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico.

23 September

Rachel Osier Lindley

Senior Editor - The Texas Newsroom
KERA
Rachel Osier Lindley is Statewide Senior Editor for The Texas Newsroom. That's a regional news hub linking stations across the state, the prototype for NPR's Collaborative Journalism Network. She connects with newsrooms across Texas to plan and produce collaborative news coverage and projects, daily statewide newscasts, content for the public radio newsmagazine Texas Standard and national coverage for NPR and other outlets.
Previously, Lindley served as news director for WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama from 2013 to 2016. Before that, Lindley was news director at Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio, where she played an essential role in building the fledgling station from the ground up.
Lindley holds an MBA from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She grew up outside of Chicago and has been a radio nerd since childhood.

23 September

Christine Paige Diers

PMJA

Sam Payne

Host
The Apple Seed, BYU Radio
A radio host and producer for nearly two decades, Sam Payne has hosted The Apple Seed, a daily radio program filled with stories for parents and their childrentall tales, folktales, fairy tales, personal and family tales, and more (Broadcasting daily on Sirius XM143, at BYUradio.org, and on podcast platforms everywhere) since 2013. In 2019, he was part of the team that produced the Peabody-nominated radio serial Treasure Island 2020. As a stage performer, he has been featured at the most prominent storytelling events in America, including the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee, and Utah’s Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. In addition to a catalog of music and storytelling recordings, Sam has created stage works like “Sanctuary: the Story of Zion,” commissioned to celebrate the centennial of the National Parks Service, and books like “Echoes of Hammers and Spikes” (with Suzanne Payne), commissioned to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

21 September

Jennifer Pemberton

Managing Editor
KTOO & Alaska's Energy Desk
Jennifer Pemberton is the top editorial leader for both the local newsroom at KTOO in Juneau and Alaska’s Energy Desk, a statewide reporting collaboration. As a member of the senior leadership team at her station, she's had a strong hand in developing the KTOO newsroom by giving it a mission and revamping workflows. As an editor, she has shaped hundreds of statewide stories, helped place dozens of stories on national programs and managed the production of three award-winning podcasts. She's been a fellow with the ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute, NPR Story Lab, CPB Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative and PowerShift; and is a member of Alaska Press Club, Public Media Women in Leadership, Journalism and Women Symposium and AIR. Jennifer has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and published many poems and essays before moving over to broadcast journalism. Her reporting has appeared on many public media member stations, podcasts and national programs.

23 September

Marilyn Pittman

Voice Coach
Marilyn Pittman's Talk The Copy™ and Voice Chops Toolbox™ workshops started under the mentorship of the late Leo Lee, who helped them go national in 1990. Since then, she's coached reporters, hosts, and anchors across the country, helping them to grow their sound.

In 2002 and 2005, she coached international broadcasters at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague. For 25 years she was a guest lecturer on radio voice at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Conference sessions include RTDNA, PMJA, Unity, NPR and NFCB.

She's been doing Zoom workshops since 2017 when she re-tooled her educational model. Instead of traveling to do an on-site workshop, now she can follow-through after the online workshop by coaching and directing remotely.

22 September

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Mollie Pollack

PRPD
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Mollie Pollack

Business and Operations Manager
PRPD

Genevieve Randall

Music Director
NET Radio
Genevieve Randall is music director for NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations. The statewide radio network offers news, as well as classical and jazz music. Each weekday on NET, Randall hosts the classical music program Morning Concert. She is producer and host of Friday Live, NET’s weekly arts and humanities series, and The Verge, a weekly two-hour program featuring music by current composers and classical music with a twist. In addition to her work at NET, Randall hosts a mid-day classical music program for WNED, Buffalo Toronto Public Media's classical station.

24 September

Jeff Rowe

NPR
Jeff Rowe has extensive experience in the media industry encompassing radio, network, and cable television, internet, and mobile and film.

Rowe has been working with NPR since 2016, focusing on programming, marketing, and promotional best practices with Member stations. Before NPR, he was a senior executive for AOL, managing the content for AOL’s Welcome Screen and home page; and was also part of the development and launch team of TMZ.com.

Rowe has also served as a senior executive for Tribune Media Services, NBC, and VH1.

A native of Hastings, MN, he began his career in radio and quickly worked his way up the ranks of several top stations in the Midwest and became VP/GM at WKTI Radio in Milwaukee; he also was Board Member of Journal Broadcasting.

24 September

Tom Scheck

Reporter
APM Reports
Tom Scheck is a reporter for APM Reports, American Public Media’s Investigative reporting and radio documentaries project. At APM Reports, he’s covered voting and election administration, the e-cigarette lobby, conflicts of interest in the Trump Administration and how President Obama’s EPA rewrote scientific language that downplayed the harm fracking does to drinking water. His stories on abuse in a juvenile justice facility in northern Minnesota led to the facility’s closure. He also worked on a team that exposed the coverup of sexual abuse in the Twin Cities archdiocese which led to the removal of the archbishop. Prior to joining APM Reports, Tom was a political reporter for Minnesota Public Radio where he covered two statewide recounts, two presidential elections featuring Minnesota politicians, two state government shutdowns and too many legislative hearings to remember.

22 September

Sam Sessa

Music & Community Outreach Manager
WTMD
Sam Sessa is the Baltimore music & community outreach manager for WTMD, the AAA music station and NPR affiliate just outside Baltimore, Md. He developed the station's popular Saturday Morning Tunes family friendly concert series, and produces live events, Internet TV specials and other programming for the station.

23 September

Angilee Shah

Freelancer
Angilee Shah is an editor and entrepreneur who tells great stories for diverse, inclusive communities. She specializes in building teams and content for people and communities too often left out of media narratives. Shah spent six years as a founding editor of Global Nation, PRI’s The World’s coverage of immigration in the US, where in one year she brought 50 new contributors to the program. As a reporter and editor, her work has been read and heard around the world, including a book about everyday lives in China and a trio of investigative stories about the end of Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war. She is building a new media company with a ground-up approach to narrative reporting, to tackle the big stories with an editorial process designed for and by the people being covered.

23 September

Mary Shedden

News Director
WUSF Public Media
Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, where she oversees a team of reporters covering 13 counties on Florida’s west coast.
A journalist for more than two decades, Mary arrived at WUSF in 2013, where she worked first as a reporter and then as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative. She became news director in 2015.
Mary’s journalism has been recognized numerous times, including a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television Digital News Association for Health News Florida. Her work also has been honored by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters, and state and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Before joining WUSF, Shedden spent nearly 20 years at The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, Florida Today and the Gainesville Sun, where she covered everything from the investigation of a serial killer to retired pro athletes in chronic pain.

22 September

Christina Shockley

All Things Considered Host & Chief Announcer
Michigan Radio
Christina Shockley has been behind the public radio mic for 20 years. She's also been a reporter, producer, and director. She first started hosting Weekend Edition at Michigan Radio. After leaving Ann Arbor to work at Minnesota Public Radio and then Milwaukee Public Radio, Christina returned to Michigan Radio in 2007 to host Morning Edition. She's now Michigan Radio's All Things Considered Host and Chief Announcer. Christina is responsible for coaching and training on-air talent. She also works with other hosts around the country. She believes hosting is an art and that every host has a unique, authentic voice. It's just a matter of finding the right methods for that person to unleash it.

24 September

Nathaniel Silver

Curator
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
Nathaniel Silver is the William and Lia Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. As division head, he oversees the Collections, Conservation, and Archives departments. His exhibitions at this museum include Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent, Botticelli: Heroines and Heroes, Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth and others, as well as Piero della Francesca in America mounted at The Frick Collection in 2013. In addition, he conceived the Gardner Museum's annual Close Up exhibition series and curated its most recent installment Raphael and the Pope's Librarian. Silver holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance art and has received awards for his scholarship from Harvard University, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz ⎸Max-Planck-Insitut, and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.

21 September

George Steel

Conductor and Composer

21 September

Katie Stone

Executive Producer
The Children's Hour
Katie Stone is the Executive Producer of The Children's Hour Inc., a nonprofit, independent media production company. Katie has been host and producer of The Children’s Hour radio show and podcast for nearly 20 years. Originally airing exclusively on NPR and Pacifica affiliate KUNM-fm in Albuquerque New Mexico, The Children’s Hour is now heard on more than 70 stations nationwide, and is distributed by PRX, Pacifica, and directly from TCH Inc. The show is unique in that it includes community kids in all aspects of the production process. The result is a weekly program that is educational, entertaining, and polished. Targeting educational gaps, the themed episodes focus on civics, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), culture, and performance. Mixed with excellent music, engaging discussion, riveting interviews, and plenty of children, The Children’s Hour expands the possibility of what children’s media can be, while never alienating adult listeners. It’s produced in a handmade stone and adobe studio on a solar powered organic farm near the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Katie also lives with her husband, kids and animals. She’s an avid beekeeper, gardener, farmer, and hiker when she’s outside of the studio.

21 September

Dave Sullivan

PPM Client Services Manager
Radio Research Consortium
Dave assists non-commercial radio stations with the acquisition and analysis of Nielsen's PPM data. Dave served as Senior Training Specialist at Arbitron from 2000 to 2007 and his background in radio also includes sales and underwriting experience with several Baltimore area radio stations. He has also worked as an audio engineer and play-by-play announcer for several stations. Dave graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and did Graduate studies at Emerson College in Boston, MA.

23 September

Kevin Sullivan

Executive Director
Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX
Kevin Sullivan is the executive producer of Reveal’s public radio show and podcast. He joined Reveal from the daily news magazine show “Here & Now,” where he was senior managing editor. There, he helped lead the expansion of the show as part of a unique partnership between NPR and WBUR. Prior to radio, Sullivan worked as a documentary film producer. That work took him around the world, with stories ranging from reconciliation in Northern Ireland to the refugee crisis during the war in Kosovo.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Sullivan launched an investigative unit for CBS in Baltimore, where he spearheaded investigations on bioterrorism and the U.S. government’s ability to respond to future threats. He also dug into local issues. His exposé of local judges found widespread lax sentencing of repeat-offender drunken drivers. Other investigations included sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, and doctors who sold OxyContin for cash. Sullivan has won multiple journalism awards, including several Edward R. Murrow awards, a Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition award and an Emmy. He has an MBA from Boston University.

Sullivan is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.

Nikki Swarn

General Manager & Program Director
THE DROP - Denver
Nikki Swarn is the Program Director for THE DROP on KUVO in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Swarn is a 20+ year Colorado radio veteran with commercial radio stations like KS1075, KYGO, ESPN, Alice 105.9. She is a genuine and self-aware leader with a diverse background in music and music marketing ranging from artist development and content strategy to marketing research and brand development. Nikki has a BA in English and Communications, and an MBA (Honors) in Marketing.

23 September

Brendan Sweeney

Director of New Content & Innovation
KUOW
Brendan is Director of New Content and Innovation at KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, where he oversees piloting and production of the station’s shows (broadcast and podcast), including the Record with Bill Radke, Seattle Now and the Wild. Before coming to Seattle, he was Managing Producer at WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C. where he piloted new podcast projects and served as an “inside collaborator” for AIR’s Localore: Finding America project, helping develop and launch a neighborhood storytelling project called “Anacostia Unmapped.” He previously served as the Managing Producer of the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

24 September

Lori Todd

Digital Editor