Comings and goings: Kathryn Washington named CPB VP, Nine Network reorganizes leadership …

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Kathryn Washington was promoted to VP of television programming for CPB.

Washington joined CPB in 2009 and has held several roles, including director of diversity and innovation and senior director of content strategy. She has overseen funding for the program and has worked with Henry Louis Gates’ production team, Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab, American Masters, American Experience, Nature, and Nova.


“Kathryn has been instrumental in CPB’s work developing broadcast media, programs, and services that reflect a diverse and inclusive society,” said CPB EVP and COO Michael Levy in a news release. “Her experience in both audio and television content, together with her tenure of grants management and impactful content investment decisions, will be an asset as we implement strategic efforts to strengthen public media’s pipeline of producers and programs.”

Washington began her career in public broadcasting as an independent radio producer for Beyond Computers and Behind the Beat for KQED in San Francisco. She also did research for the NPR documentary series Lost and Found Sound, served as operations director for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and was a programming manager for the Independent Television Service.

Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis announced 10 promotions and eliminated one VP position.

  • Angela Carr was promoted to VP and chief impact officer. She will oversee fundraising activities and engagement initiatives. Carr joined the station in 2015 as manager of special events. 
  • Russ Hitzemann was named VP and chief individual giving officer. He will be responsible for short- and long-term individual donor strategies. Hitzemann joined Nine Network in 2015 to serve as the director of membership.
  • Roya Bromell was promoted to senior director of development. She joined the station in 2014 as director of major and planned gifts. 
  • Kate Diouf was promoted to senior director of organizational excellence. She will lead organizational development. Diouf joined the station in 2019 as director of evaluation. 
  • Anne-Marie Berger was named senior director of content. She has been a senior producer and director for Nine Network since 2000. She began her career as a producer for WYES in New Orleans.
  • Caroline Campana was promoted to director of impact projects. She joined the station in 2017 as national project manager. 
  • Peggy Goodfriend was named director of broadcast promotions. She joined Nine Network in 2011 as corporate support coordinator and was previously promoted to project manager and promotions manager. 
  • Megan Grisolano was promoted to director of communications. She joined Nine Network in 2015 as business development manager. 
  • Andi Harpring was named director of engagement and learning. She joined the station in 2017 as community engagement manager. 
  • Alex Stallings was promoted to director for early learning. She joined the station in 2017 as a community engagement manager for early education. 

Matt Huelskamp, VP and chief marketing officer, said in a statement that the position of VP and chief development officer held by Dean Mutter was eliminated as part of the staff reorganization. According to Mutter’s LinkedIn page, he has become VP and chief revenue officer of Luxe Incentives.

The changes were made “to ensure maximum collaboration, clarity, and effectiveness in how Nine impacts the community,” according to a news release. 

Several people with public radio experience joined the New York Times Opinion Audio team.

The hires were announced in a release Monday. Kathy Tu became a supervising producer with the Times. At WNYC, Tu co-created and co-hosted Nancy, a podcast that ended this year. She also worked with Radiolab and did freelance work for Masterpiece Studio, Memory Place and Mortified.

Adam Teicholz was hired as senior editor for a new podcast hosted by journalist Kara Swisher. He most recently served as a producer for WNYC, where he worked on Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s the Thing. He previously worked as a producer for Dan Rather Reports and This Week With George Stephanopoulos.


Isaac Jones was named technical manager. He worked on several projects for WNYC Studios, including the art-poem podcast 10 Things That Scared Me, 2 Dope Queens, Sooo Many White Guys, Pickle, Late Night Whenever, Adulting, Come Through and a four-part audio production of Shakespeare’s Richard II with the Public Theater. He has also scored films for PBS and National Geographic.

Christina Ayele Djossa joined as a producer. She was on the production team for Come Through, a series about race in America for WNYC. She also worked on podcasts for Gimlet and Slate.

Alison Bruzek joined as a senior producer to work on The Argument, a program that explains politics. She most recently served as supervising producer for The Record and Week in Review for KUOW in Seattle.

KTSU in Houston announced new hires.

Benjamin Thompson, professionally known as Madd Hatta, was named content director at the radio station. Holly Charles was named marketing and community engagement director, and Nakia Cooper was named news and digital media coordinator. 



Tanner Curl was named executive director for MinnPost, a nonprofit online newspaper in Minneapolis. Curl joined MinnPost in 2017 as director of development. He has also served as the membership director for the Loft Literary Center and as a project assistant for the Tinklenberg Group, a transportation company.

Isaac Kestenbaum was appointed director of the Salt Institute at the Maine College of Art. His first day is Aug. 10. Kestenbaum is co-founder and creative director of Future Projects Media, which created the true crime podcast Midnight Son for Audible. He has also been a production manager for StoryCorps.


Don Jernigan was named board chair of WTCI in Chattanooga, Tenn. Jernigan, who is taking the chair from Steve Gatlin, was on the station’s community advisory board, then joined the board of directors in 2018. He is a retired nuclear power executive who worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority, Dominion and Florida Power & Light. He also served as an officer for the U.S. Navy.

Officials at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, announced additions to the Friends of WOSU board. Kyle Anderson, a director of marketing and communication for State Auto Insurance Companies, was named president. Mac Joseph, an SVP of marketing for public relations firm Paul Werth, was named VP of the board. Betsy Pandora, the executive director for the nonprofit Short North Alliance, was named secretary and treasurer.

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