Bert Wesley Huffman was named president and chief revenue officer for Georgia Public Broadcasting. In addition, Adam Woodlief was promoted to EVP and will retain his title as chief technology officer.
Teya Ryan, who formerly held the role of president, will retain her title as CEO. Ryan said in a staff memo that Huffman will oversee the finance and human resources divisions and Woodlief will oversee news and content.
“This new structure is designed to free me up from day-to-day management of the company and allow me to work on larger overarching projects to guide and keep the company on solid ground,” Ryan said.
Huffman joined the station in 2014 and most recently worked as SVP for external affairs and chief development officer. He previously worked as the director of development for several nonprofits, including the Atlanta Opera, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and Emory University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center.
Woodlief joined the station in 2018. He previously held directorial and managerial roles for PBS North Carolina and was also a technician, engineer and production assistant for WRAL, an NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C.
Mat Mezer was hired as VP of production for Lehigh Valley Public Media in Bethlehem, Pa.
Mezer most recently worked as lighting director for WCAU, an NBC affiliate in Philadelphia. He has also held several roles for other commercial stations, including WWSI and WPHL, both in Philadelphia; WTIC in Hartford, Conn.; and WUHF in Rochester, N.Y.
“Mat takes great pride in his work, which can clearly be seen in documentary projects such as A Generation Addicted, a 30-minute news program about opioid addiction. We are lucky to have him,” said CCO Yoni Greenbaum in a news release.
Dan Lothian was appointed interim EP for The World, co-produced by PRX and GBH in Boston.
Lothian is the president and founder of Little Park Media, a company that develops videos, podcasts and websites. He has also been a White House correspondent and Boston bureau chief for CNN, a West Coast correspondent for NBC News and a reporter for several local television stations. Lothian joined PRX’s board in 2017.
Lothian succeeds Andrea Crossan, who left the organization Nov. 27, according to a spokesperson. “Crossan departed The World at the end of November in order to return to her family’s home in Canada, and was a member of The World team for 16 years,” the spokesperson said. Crossan became interim EP for the program in 2018 before becoming EP in 2019.
Maddie Poore announced that she left her position as membership manager for WAMU in Washington, D.C. Poore joined WAMU in 2016 as a web communications coordinator and has also been a membership coordinator. “I’m holding a stew of emotions but more than anything i’m going to miss working with so many brilliant and caring humans,” Poore said on Twitter.
Veralyn Williams was promoted to EP of the podcast and radio show The United States of Anxiety, produced by WNYC in New York City. Williams has held several production roles with the station and also participated in the Radio Rookies workshop in 2004. She has also been a producer for Slate, a managing editor for Brooklyn Deep and a host and producer for WBAI in New York.
Hannah Meisel became a government and politics editor for NPR Illinois in Springfield. Meisel joined the station last year as a part-time statehouse reporter and has also been an intern for the station. She previously worked as a reporter for Illinois Public Media in Urbana, Law360 and the Daily Line.
Gregg Porter, an announcer for KUOW in Seattle, will retire from the station. “The opportunity to step away from the working world was irresistible, presenting me with the chance to control my days, my activities, and my future. I thank you for letting me spend some time in your ears,” Porter said on Twitter, adding that his last shift on-air will be Sunday. Porter initially joined the station as a music director and later became an operations and production manager. He rejoined the station in 2012, making it his third separate stint with KUOW. He began his career in public radio with KCCK in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Antonia Cereijido announced that she left her position as a host and senior producer for Futuro Media. Cereijido joined the organization as an intern in 2014 and later produced reports for Latino USA and hosted the segment The Breakdown. She was also a podcast producer for Anything for Selena, a co-production with Futuro Studios and WBUR in Boston, and was host and producer for Norco 80, a Futuro co-production with LAist Studios.
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