The new president and c.e.o. of dual licensee Lakeshore Public Media in Merrillville, Ind., is James Muhammad, currently director of radio services for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. He begins work in his new post May 20.
“James is a well-rounded leader with experience in public media, programming and community outreach,” said Lakeshore Board of Directors Chair Bonita Neff. “For more than a decade, he built a team that worked collaboratively on radio and television projects, and engaged the community and its leaders. That’s why our board unanimously chose him.”
James has been with WVPB since 2001. During his tenure, the network won its first Gabriel Award, Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont Silver Baton and National Edward R. Murrow Award.
He is also a pubcasting consultant, and has assisted The Tavis Smiley Show, The Motley Fool Radio Show, Prime Time Radio, On Being with Krista Tippett, Ask Me Another, TED Radio Hour, CPB, NPR and WNYC.
James serves on several boards including Public Radio Program Directors Association, Eastern Region Public Media and National Public Radio’s Committee on Signal Expansion.
He replaces Thomas Carroll, who stepped down at the board's request in December 2012.