WLRN in Miami promotes Zuckerman to interim news director

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Alicia Zuckerman, senior editor for enterprise reporting at WLRN, will fill in as interim news director while the Miami pubcaster searches for a replacement for Dan Grech, who was dismissed July 8.

General Manager John Labonia announced the appointment Thursday in an email to staff. “Please be assured that the recent changes within the department will in no way have a negative impact on the direction, strategic plan or current operations of WLRN Miami Herald News,” he said, referencing the station’s decade-long reporting partnership with the newspaper.

Zuckerman started her public media career at New York’s WNYC, where she reported and produced for NPR’s On the Media and later worked in the local newsroom covering arts and other beats. Her reports have been picked up by NPR newsmagazines as well as major series distributed by Public Radio International such as The World, Studio 360 and This American Life. Zuckerman has worked with WLRN since 2008, and she recently won a 2013 national Edward R. Murrow Award for feature reporting.

Labonia declined comment to Current on Grech’s dismissal. Grech did not respond to phone and email requests for comment.

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