Comings and goings: Myers named COO in L.A., PBS picks new public editor …

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The Public Media Group of Southern California named Jamie Annunzio Myers COO of the organization formed by the merger of PBS SoCal and KCETLink Media Group in Los Angeles. Myers has led the work of integrating the stations since October 2018, according to a press release.

Myers

“We have an important opportunity here in Southern California to bring new ideas and leadership to public media and the PBS system,” said Myers. “It’s an incredible honor to lead this organization and to advance the opportunities of public media for Southern California and the nation.”

Myers was previously COO and VP of education and community engagement at PBS SoCal. She joined the station in 2009 as director of education, a role in which she launched its Ready To Learn and American Graduate initiatives.

PBS’ new public editor is Ricardo Sandoval-Palos.

Sandoval-Palos

The investigative journalist and editor previously served as senior editor of InsideClimate News, managing editor at 100Reporters and supervising editor of NPR’s Morning Edition. He was also project manager at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and assistant city editor at the Sacramento Bee. His work has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association and the Gerald Loeb Awards.

‘’We are thrilled to welcome Ricardo as our new Public Editor,” said PBS President Paula Kerger in a press release. “He is a journalist of the highest integrity whose deep experience and passion for an independent press make him an ideal fit for this important role.”

Former Public Editor Madhulika Sikka left the position last year to join the Washington Post’s audio team.

Connecticut Public announced two appointments to its executive ranks.

Rasmussen

The Hartford-based network named Tim Rasmussen chief content officer and added Jake Volcsko as VP of digital operations.

Volcsko

Rasmussen previously held the position of director of photography, digital and print media at ESPN, coordinating and overseeing photographic coverage for the network worldwide and photo-driven stories on all the company’s digital platforms, ESPN the Magazine and in coordination with ESPN broadcast television. Before joining ESPN, he was assistant managing editor, photography and multimedia at the Denver Post.

Volcsko joins the station from the Gatehouse Media Philadelphia Region, where he was GM and previously digital and marketing media director. He will lead a new digital operations unit at Connecticut Public and and organize, staff and lead a new Digital Service Bureau.

Management

Amy Shaw has been named interim president and CEO of the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis. The appointment comes after the sudden death of former president Jack Galmiche April 16.

Content

Henry

NPR named Shirley Henry chief Washington editor, leading its Washington desk and coverage of the 2020 election. Henry joined the network in 2014 and later became deputy Washington editor, a position that also included editing NPR Politics Podcast. Before her time at NPR, she worked in CNN’s Washington bureau, supervising coverage of national security, homeland security and the Justice Department.

KQED in San Francisco hired Julia B. Chan as digital managing editor of news. Chan is director of audience at Mother Jones and was previously digital editor for Reveal.

Caitlyn Kim joined Colorado Public Radio as a reporter based in Washington, D.C., covering Colorado’s congressional delegation and policy issues affecting the state. She has produced and edited for WNYC, KQED and, most recently, NPR’s Weekend Edition. She also covered the Connecticut state capitol for several stations in the Northeast. Kim has also worked as an analyst for the Department of Defense and as a duty officer in the White House Situation Room.

Communications

Monette

Vegas PBS hired Allison P. Monette as director of communications and brand management. Monette began her career as a reporter for NBC affiliate KNDU-TV in Richland, Wash., and transitioned into communications in 2009. Since then, she has focused on working with nonprofits and government agencies, including United Way of Southern Nevada, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Attorney General’s office. She was also public information officer for the Clark County School District.

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