Comings and goings: ‘Washington Week’ adds consulting EP, WRTI picks associate GM …

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WETA announced changes to Washington Week.

Ann Klenk was named consulting EP of Washington Week Friday. Robert Costa, the show’s moderator since 2017, was also named managing editor.


“With the 2020 presidential campaign accelerating, it is the perfect time to welcome Ann to the Washington Week team as consulting executive producer,” said Jeff Bieber, WETA VP of content development and production in a news release. “Her experience covering politics on television, online and in print will prove invaluable as Robert Costa and our stable of reporters in Washington and around the nation, continue to bring up-to-the-minute analysis on issues of importance to the American people.”

Prior to joining the show, Klenk served as senior producer and co-EP of Hardball with Chris Matthews from 2001 to 2017. She has also been EP of The National Journal Group, senior political producer at AOL and EP of The Mary Matalin Show at CBS Radio from 1995 to 1998.


Costa is also a national politics reporter for the Washington Post and a political analyst and commentator for NBC News, MSNBC, Meet the Press, PBS NewsHour and Frontline.

“I have worked with Ann for years. She is a true professional and one of the sharpest political minds in broadcast television,” Costa said in a news release. “I’m excited to welcome her to the program as we continue to build our audience in significant ways. Our viewers appreciate our focus on reporters and reporting — and Ann not only gets that, but she will help us build for the future.”

Joshua Jackson was hired as associate GM for content at WRTI in Philadelphia.

“Josh is a serious music lover as well as a believer in the power of public media to champion music in the everyday lives of listeners,” said WRTI GM Bill Johnson in a news release. “His passion for WRTI’s mission and excitement to serve our community make him a superb addition to our team. His demonstrated success as a content visionary, producer, and broadcaster will help us develop and pursue new content opportunities while always honoring our roots in radio.”


Jackson, who starts April 13, is PD and content manager for WVTF in Roanoke, Va. He was also VP for content at WBGO in Newark, N.J., and EP and co-founder of Jazz Night in America.

“My goal has always been to attract, build, engage, and inspire audiences. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for classical music and jazz as an ambassador for WRTI,” Jackson said in the release. “Philadelphia is one of the nation’s greatest cities for the arts, and I can’t wait to build on WRTI’s momentum as a leading public service for music discovery.”


Jason Fuller, an assistant producer at NPR, will be a producer for All Things Considered. Fuller was previously a reporter and producer for Virginia Public Radio, an assistant editor and news assistant with WTOP in Washington, D.C., and a reporter and producer with WAMU in Washington.

NPR reporter Bobby Allyn is moving to San Francisco to become a tech reporter focused on Silicon Valley. He will work with Shannon Bond, who joined NPR in August. Allyn has also been a national correspondent for NPR, a criminal justice reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia and a reporter for Nashville Public Radio. 


Laura Klivans, a science and health reporter for KQED since 2016, was named host of the PBS Digital Studios series Deep Look. Klivans replaces Lauren Sommer, who became a climate correspondent for NPR in January. Klivans’ first episode was posted on YouTube Tuesday. She previously worked as a freelance reporter and audio editor and is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. 


Franziska Monahan joined WBUR’s Project Citrus team as assistant digital audio editor. She started Monday. Monahan was previously an associate producer with WGBH for Under the Radar. She also has been an intern and producer with NPR and a reporter for KLCC in Eugene, Ore.

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