Comings and goings: CPB boosts Gales Webb to VP of radio, Harvey promoted at WNET …

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Jacquie Gales Webb was promoted this month to VP of radio for CPB. Gales Webb most recently served as CPB’s director of content. She joined the organization in 2005 as a project manager in the radio department.

As a CPB employee, Gales Webb has managed grants for WGBH’s World Channel, the Urban Alternative music format, radio station engagement around Ken Burns’ Country Music and StoryCorps’ Mobile Booth and One Small Step initiatives. She also helped shape the Texas Station Collaborative and managed several other journalism collaborations.

Before CPB, Gales Webb was a producer in radio and TV for organizations including Smithsonian Productions. She has also hosted a gospel show on WHUR in Washington, D.C., for nearly 30 years.

“Jacquie has been instrumental in CPB’s work developing and implementing policies that support and strengthen local public radio stations and programming,” said CPB EVP and COO Michael Levy. “Her experience as an award-winning producer, together with her years at CPB, will be an asset as we evaluate strategic efforts to strengthen public media’s role in building a civil society and reaching underserved audiences.”

Eugenia Harvey was named chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for WNET in New York and its sister stations.


Harvey joined the organization in 2018 as a project manager and EP of Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America and Peril & Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change, two public media content initiatives. She will continue to oversee these projects. Harvey was also an EP of the series Third Rail and was a producer for Race Matters: Solutions. Outside of public media, Harvey has been a producer for several organizations, including ABC News, CBS News, CNN and BET.



Melissa Braillard was hired by WUCF in Orlando, Fla., as associate director of philanthropy. Braillard previously worked at Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, Fla., where she served as marketing director, director of patron development and interim executive director. She was also director of marketing at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with the University of Central Florida.


Monika Evstatieva joined NPR’s investigations unit as a senior producer. Evstatieva returned to NPR in March as a senior producer on the politics team after a six-month stint with the New York Times as a senior editor for the newspaper’s audio team. Evstatieva has also been a producer for Weekend Edition, Tell Me More and All Things Considered.

Emily Russell was promoted as a reporter for North Country Public Radio in Canton, N.Y. Russell takes Brian Mann’s position, who left the station in April to become NPR’s first correspondent covering addiction. Russell, who will now report on the region surrounding the Adirondack Mountains, joined the station in 2019 to cover the city of Plattsburgh, N.Y. Russell previously served as a reporter for Alaska Public Media in Anchorage and noncommercial stations KCAW and KNOM, both in Alaska. 

P. Kenneth Burns was promoted at WHYY in Philadelphia as a reporter who will cover South New Jersey. Burns joined the station in 2018 and has served as a part-time weekend anchor and reporter. Burns has also reported for WYPR and WBAL in Baltimore and worked for WTOP in Washington, D.C.


Michelle Tyrene Johnson was hired as an associate producer for 89.3 WFPL News Louisville. Her first day was June 16. Johnson previously worked as a reporter, associate producer and fill-in host for KCUR in Kansas City, Mo. Before that, she was a reporter for the Louisville Courier Journal and a columnist for the Kansas City Star. Before working in journalism, Johnson was an employment attorney.


Carolyn Adams was hired as an associate producer for WNYC in New York City. She will work on The United States of Anxiety, a podcast about social and political divides in relation to the general election. Adams previously served as a segment producer, anchor and editor for 219 West, a monthly newsmagazine at the City University of New York. She has also been an intern at Soledad O’Brien Productions.


Allison Mollenkamp is leaving her position as a multimedia journalist for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications to attend graduate school. Her last day with the statewide network will be next month. Mollenkamp joined NET in 2018. She has reported for radio and television and served as a fill-in host.

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