Comings and goings: Ted Krichels to retire from CPB, N’Jeri Eaton leaves NPR …

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Ted Krichels, SVP of system development and media strategy for CPB, is retiring at the end of the month.


Krichels, who joined CPB in 2013, has more than 35 years of experience in public broadcasting. He was president and GM of KBDI in Denver, formerly known as Colorado Public Television. He also served as the associate VP and GM of Penn State Public Broadcasting. As a consultant for PBS, Krichels directed the Public Media Models of the Future project.

“Ted’s public media industry experience and relationships with its leaders has made him an integral part of the CPB team for the past seven years,” said CPB President Pat Harrison in a news release. “He helped navigate public media through the challenges and opportunities of the public television spectrum auction, CSG reviews, and most recently, the auction repack and ATSC 3.0. He is a true thought leader and we wish Ted all the best in this next chapter of life.”

“It’s been a privilege to work in public media with so many talented and dedicated people. I am grateful to CPB,” said Krichels in the release. “I may not remember the intricacies of all the projects, but I will always treasure the experience.”

N’Jeri Eaton tweeted that Wednesday was her last day as deputy director of programming for NPR.

Eaton had worked for NPR since 2016 and was most recently based in the NPR West office in Los Angeles. She previously served as content development and initiative manager for the Independent Television Service, based in San Francisco, and has also worked for Time Inc., Frontline and the Bay Area Video Coalition.


In a Twitter thread announcing her departure, Eaton noted that working under NPR’s ethics guidelines “sometimes made me feel like I had to shut off parts of who I am in order to do this work,” later adding “that’s an unfair burden to staff, especially people of color who can be easily dismissed as ‘advocacy journalists’ or have ‘bias’ in our industry.” Eaton also said she has “nothing but tremendous respect” for the people who work at NPR and encouraged people to donate to stations and advocacy organizations.



Ju-Don Marshall was promoted to EVP of WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., and will continue serving as chief content officer for the station. Marshall joined WFAE in 2017. She previously spent more than a decade as an editor and executive across the Washington Post’s print and digital platforms, rising to managing editor for digital. Marshall has also served as COO and senior adviser at LifePosts Inc. in Brooklyn, director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University in New Jersey, GM and SVP of Everyday Health and SVP and executive editor of Beliefnet. Marshall has held other editorial roles for the Charlotte Observer and the Washington Times.

Siroui Mushegian left her position last month as CTO for WNET in New York and its sister stations. She is now VP of information technology for BlackLine, a software company based in Los Angeles. While WNET conducts a national search for a replacement, the CTO’s responsibilities will be overseen by Roslyn Davis, GM of Thirteen and VP of media and broadcast operations, and Frank Graybill, senior director of engineering, according to a spokesperson.



Jen Newmeyer joined WHYY in Philadelphia as its first digital membership director last month. She previously served as the director of integrated fundraising for UNC-TV. Newmeyer has also been digital media manager for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and operations manager for software company TKXS.


Mina Kim, a host for KQED in San Francisco, will host the second hour of the weekday morning call-in show Forum starting Monday. Michael Krasny will continue to host the first hour of the program. Kim previously served as the Friday host of Forum and as afternoon anchor for KQED News. As part of the change, the second hour will focus on topics related to race, justice and equality and will be available to public media stations across California. Kim started her career in public radio at KQED as an intern with Pacific Time. She later became a general assignment reporter, then health reporter for the station’s statewide news service The California Report. She became the Friday Forum host in 2014.


Kimberly Atkins is leaving her job at WBUR in Boston to become a senior writer for the Boston Globe. She will join the newspaper’s opinion section and will continue to appear as a contributor for MSNBC. Atkins, who joined the station in 2019, has served as senior national political news correspondent based in Washington, D.C. Before joining WBUR, she was the Washington bureau chief at the Boston Herald. She worked at the Globe as a reporter from 2001–03 and was a writer for Lawyers USA.

Rigato and Delisi

Ann Delisi and James Rigato will co-host Essential Cooking, a monthly one-hour broadcast and bimonthly podcast series for WDET in Detroit. Starting this month, the pair will interview food industry experts and discuss food culture for the program. The program is an extension of a series of live events hosted by the station since 2014. Delisi is the host of Essential Music for the station, and Rigato is a chef at the Mabel Gray restaurant in Hazel Park, Mich.


Larry Dankner, a senior controller for the National Educational Telecommunications Association, retired from the organization. Before joining NETA in 2012, Dankner served on the board of the Public Media Business Association and held positions including secretary, treasurer, vice-chair and chair. Dankner was also treasurer of the Florida Public Broadcasting Service and worked with CPB to develop the Station Activities Benchmarking Study, a survey collecting financial and operational information from public TV stations. At NETA, he was replaced by Scott Davidson, who joined the organization in 2004. Davidson has worked for Blue Ridge PBS in Roanoke, Va., and as the director of finance and administration for WKNO in Memphis, Tenn.

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