Comings and goings: John Van Hoesen to retire from VPR, C.J. Janovy rejoins KCUR …

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John Van Hoesen, SVP and CCO for Vermont Public Radio, will retire in July.

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Van Hoesen joined the station in 2001 as news director. He became VP of news and programming in 2008 and started his current role in 2012. Van Hoesen led development of Vermont Edition and podcasts like Brave Little State and But Why.

“I was inspired from the very first day with the optimism and possibilities of public service in public radio,” he said in a news release. “The power of the human voice to tell a whole story through words and emotion has always been at the heart of it.”

Before VPR, Van Hoesen was a reporter, magazine editor and managing editor for the Rutland Herald.

C.J. Janovy rejoined KCUR in Kansas City, Mo., as Director of Content-Journalism.


“C.J. will be an asset to KCUR,” said News Director Lisa Rodriguez in a news release. “Her editorial leadership, experience in running a newsroom and deep understanding of KCUR and the Kansas City region make her the right person at the right time for this position.”

Janovy most recently worked as opinion editor for the Kansas Reflector and was also an arts reporter and digital managing editor for KCUR from 2014–2020. She was also director of communications for the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Her first day in the new role is Tuesday.

PBS North Carolina announced the prime-time premiere of a weekly interview series.


Nido Qubein, president of High Point University in North Carolina, will host Side by Side, which debuts Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The series will feature guests who have ties to the state. Coca-Cola, the Budd Group and Ashley Home Store provided funding for the program.

“When you take the time to get to know someone, something extraordinary happens,” Qubein said in a news release. “You get inspired, you learn something new, you expand your own horizons. That’s why I’m excited to continue to join PBS NC and bring exciting conversation to viewers throughout the state of North Carolina and beyond.”

Qubein has led High Point University since 2005. He has been a host for the university’s Access to Innovators series, which featured guests including Condoleezza Rice, Gen. Colin Powell, Steve Wozniak, Malcolm Gladwell and Tom Brokaw. Qubein is also the founder and chairman emeritus for the National Speakers Association Foundation.


Susan Luna-Hazlewood was hired as director of development and marketing for WCTE PBS in Cookeville, Tenn. She succeeds Avery Hutchins, who was promoted to station manager. Luna-Hazlewood previously worked as senior director of individual giving for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. She has also been executive director for the Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association and development and events coordinator for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.



Marcus Charleston was hired as senior producer for All Sides with Ann Fisher, a daily two-hour public affairs program produced by WOSU Public Media in Columbus, Ohio. His first day is Aug. 15. Charleston most recently worked as a senior producer for KJZZ in Phoenix. He has also been a producer and reporter for WESA in Pittsburgh and a producer for WYPR in Baltimore and WHYY in Philadelphia. “We are very excited to have someone of Marcus’ caliber and experience join our team,” host Ann Fisher said in a news release. “… We know he’s going to help take All Sides to the next level.”


Adora Namigadde is leaving her role as a reporter and Saturday Weekend Edition host for WOSU to become a metro reporter for WBEZ in Chicago. Her first day with the station is July 14. Namigadde joined WOSU in 2017. She has also been a reporter for 9&10 News, a CBS affiliate in Cadillac, Mich. “WBEZ is a majorly-respected player in our business, and I am thrilled to join the team,” Namigadde said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to sharpening my reporting skills with the station’s editors and other reporters. I can’t wait to meet more Chicagoans and help share their stories.”


Sam Evans-Brown announced that he left his position as a host and co-creator of Outside/In, a podcast produced by New Hampshire Public Radio. “I will really. Really. Miss @nhpr,” he said on Twitter. “There are already so many folks I’m remembering that I could/should shout-out. I just hope that they remember working with me half as fondly as I’ll remember working with them.” Evans-Brown has worked for the station since 2010, including stints as a freelance correspondent and education/environment reporter.

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