Comings and goings: Moran leads Public Media Co., WBEZ preps for midday show launch …

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Public Media Co. has chosen Erin Moran as its next president.

Moran

Moran has served as interim president of the strategic advisory firm in Boulder, Colo., since April, when co-founder and CEO Marc Hand left to lead the Public Media Venture Group. She joined PMC in 2002 as principal advisor on financial matters.

Moran has also served as CFO of VuHaus, Radio Ambulante, KDFC-FM in San Francisco, KRCL-FM in Salt Lake City and WMVY-FM on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. In 2007 she co-led the creation of the Public Radio Fund.

“Under Erin’s leadership, Public Media Company plans to expand its team to deepen the innovative advisory services it provides to public radio, public television, and independent producers,” PMC said in a press release.

Chicago’s WBEZ is shuffling staff with the launch of Reset with Jenn White, its new two-hour weekday show.

Daniel Tucker will lead the show’s production staff. He previously worked as senior producer of The Morning Shift, one of two shows the station is ending this month as Reset debuts. Producers Meha Ahmad, Jason Marck and Nereida Moreno are also moving from The Morning Shift to Reset. Steve Bynum will join Reset from Worldview, a long-running show that also ends this month.

The station has also added two new producers for the show: Bianca Martin, who previously worked for 1A at WAMU in Washington, D.C.; and Stephanie Kim, who has interned for The Morning Shift.

Worldview host Jerome McDonnell will also be a regular contributor to Reset in his new role covering energy, environment and climate change for the station.

Management

Arnold

Fred Rogers Productions in Pittsburgh has tapped a game development executive as its new COO. Christopher Arnold is joining the company from Pittsburgh-based Schell Games, where he served as general counsel and VP of human resources. Arnold also worked as operations counsel at Mylan, a leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical company; general counsel and director of human resources at Guru.com; and corporate associate at law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. At Fred Rogers Productions, he succeeds longtime COO Kevin Morrison, who is retiring.

WETA in Washington, D.C., has named Miguel E. Monteverde Jr. senior VP and GM, a new position overseeing local operations across TV, radio and digital departments. He previously served as COO for Rumble Inc., a Toronto-based online video platform company. Over nine years with Discovery Communications, he managed video streaming services and led digital and streaming strategy and operations for multiple television networks. Monteverde also worked for more than a decade at AOL in a variety of programming and business roles, including as GM of AOL Video. 

Content

Selena Simmons-Duffin has moved to the health policy beat at NPR. She has worked at the network for 10 years as a show editor and producer for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In her new reporting role, she succeeds Alison Kodjak, who is now Washington investigations editor for The Associated Press.

Curtis (Photo: Caroline Yang)

Minnesota Public Radio has named Stephanie Curtis director of programming. She’s been MPR’s senior producer of audience engagement and development since 2016 and has worked for the station for more than 25 years. Curtis began at the network as an associate producer for MPR News before becoming an associate producer at American RadioWorks, now APM Reports. She also was host and co-producer of Sound Money and was a founding producer of MPR’s The Current.

Franklin

At Louisville Public Media, Jonese Franklin has moved to hosting All Things Considered host. She was previously news editor for WFPL-FM, the Kentucky broadcaster’s news station. Franklin joined LPM in 2016 after working as news content manager at WEKU in Richmond, Ky. Former local ATC host Jean West “has stepped away from her duties at WFPL to pursue other media projects,” the station said in a press release. “Louisville Public Media is grateful for the time West spent on our airwaves, and we wish her well.”

Matt Ryan is leaving WMHT Public Media in Schenectady, N.Y., for “another exciting opportunity,” the station said in a Facebook post Friday. Ryan hosts New York NOW, a radio and TV show about public affairs in the state. He has been with the station for more than 10 years.

Lindsay Foster Thomas has rejoined WUNC in Chapel Hill, N.C., as the station’s first content director. She is a senior managing producer at WAMU and has also worked at Georgia Public Broadcasting and American Public Media.

Finance

Higgins

Paul Higgins has joined American Public Television in Boston as VP of finance and administration. Higgins has previously held a number of key financial roles at WGBH in Boston for more than 20 years, most recently as managing director of production finance and operations. Since leaving WGBH, he has also served as CFO at Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger Inc. and as VP of finance for Politico. At APT, he succeeds David Fournier, who oversaw finance and administration for more than 22 years.

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