Comings and goings: Steven Schupak promoted to MPT station manager, Olubunmi Mia Olufemi named supervising producer for ‘Alma’s Way’ …

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Steven Schupak was promoted to station manager for Maryland Public Television.

Schupak

Schupak, who will keep his title as EVP, most recently worked as COO. He joined the station in 2003 and has also worked as SVP of content enterprises and CCO. During his tenure, he led production for programs on opioid addiction and helped bring The McLaughlin Group back to public television.

Schupak is also credited with creating the Maryland State Ad Agency, an MPT division that creates advertising campaigns for state agencies. Recent campaigns addressed the 2020 Census, COVID-19 and the opioid addiction crisis, according to a news release.

Olubunmi Mia Olufemi was named supervising producer for Alma’s Way, the children’s series produced by Fred Rogers Productions that debuts on PBS Kids this fall.

Olufemi previously worked as a producer for the PBS Kids series Molly of Denali, produced by GBH in Boston. She has also worked as an associate producer and production assistant for GBH and was an associate producer for WETA in Washington, D.C.

Olufemi

“Mia is an exceptionally talented producer, and we are delighted to welcome her to the Alma’s Way team,” said CCO Ellen Doherty, who is also EP for Alma’s Way, in a news release. “With her impressive track record and dedication to producing quality, relevant, and authentic programming for children, Mia is exactly the right person to help guide this important new series as it comes to life for kids and families everywhere.”

Development

Minor

Tijuan Gray Minor was hired by Market Enginuity as local sales manager for WAMU in Washington, D.C. Market Enginuity manages sponsorship sales for the station. Minor most recently worked as an account executive for WDCW-TV, Washington’s CW affiliate. She has also been a senior account executive for Entercom.

Donna Han will lead the direct mail and acquisition list co-op for Greater Public. Han told Current that she will maintain her title as director of the direct mail list co-op. Han joined the organization in 2009.

Content

Tittle

Jade Tittle was named music director for Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current. Tittle, who joined The Current in 2008 as a host, has also worked as a producer, project manager and special events coordinator. She will continue hosting for the station in addition to her new duties. David Safar, the managing director who previously worked as music director, said, “Jade has been a huge champion of amplifying independent artists and helping our midday audience discover new music.”

Elizabeth Castillo announced that she was hired as a producer for Think Out Loud, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting. Castillo previously worked as an intern, reporter and web producer for CalMatters and was an intern for North State Public Radio in Chico, Calif. She participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio program and was an intern and journalism institute fellow for Politico.

Carmel Delshad is leaving her position as an editor and producer for WAMU in Washington, D.C., to become a senior producer for What Next, a program produced by Slate. Delshad joined the station in 2016 as a news producer.

Shepherd

Carrie Shepherd is leaving her position as a reporter for WBEZ in Chicago to become a producer for City Cast, an upstart podcast network. Shepherd joined the station in 2006 as a web content producer and has also worked as a segment producer, senior producer and interim senior editor.

Governance

Bill Johnson, Ju-Don Marshall and Gary Stokes were elected to the board of directors for Greater Public. They will serve three-year terms and can serve up to two terms consecutively, according to Andrew Leitch, VP of operations. Johnson is GM for WRTI in Philadelphia; Marshall is EVP and CCO for WFAE in Charlotte, N.C.; and Stokes is GM for KSPS in Spokane, Wash. They will replace three directors who are leaving the board this year, including Steve Schram, executive director and GM of Michigan Public Media; Quyen Shanahan, associate GM of WXPN in Philadelphia; and Tom Hjelm, chief digital officer for NPR. In addition, DeLinda Mrowka was newly elected vice chair. Mrowka is chief audience officer for KQED in San Francisco.

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