Comings and goings: Decker joins CPB as SVP, Stanton leaves PBS Reno …

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Stacey Decker was hired as SVP of innovation and system strategies for CPB.

Decker most recently worked as president of Public Media Management. He was also CTO for the Signal Infrastructure Group, which builds and operates infrastructure for ATSC 3.0.

Before that, he worked as CTO for GBH in Boston and held technology roles for Nebraska Public Media and South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Decker received his broadcast technology education while in the U.S. Coast Guard and also served on the PBS Technical Advisory Committee from 2010–16.

Decker’s first day with CPB is Sept. 13.

“Stacey is a strategic and creative thinker with more than two decades of innovative leadership in public media,” said CPB President Patricia Harrison in a news release. “He will help CPB develop and create strategies and services to assist the public media industry in many areas, including implementing and leveraging the new Next Gen TV broadcast standard.”

Peter Stanton is leaving his position as VP of development for PBS Reno in Nevada.

Stanton will become executive director for the Walker Basin Conservancy, a nonprofit based in Reno. His first day with the organization is Sept. 28.

Stanton joined PBS Reno in 2018. He has also held development roles with CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada and the Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.

Two journalists announced departures from New Hampshire Public Radio.

Janik and Ropeik

Erika Janik told Current that she’s leaving her role as EP and director of podcasts to take a short-term contract position with the podcast Threshold, produced by Montana Public Radio. Her last day with NHPR is Friday. Janik, who joined the station in 2018, said her reasons for leaving are “numerous,” including “the toll of station turmoil and burnout.”

Annie Ropeik is leaving her position as an energy and environment reporter to become a reporter for Spectrum News in Maine. Ropeik joined NHPR in 2017. She said on Twitter that she’s “very sad” to leave her colleagues at NHPR but that she is burned out, adding “covid, my beat and a tumultuous time at @nhpr have all taken a big toll on my mental health.”



PBS Utah promoted Laura Durham to director of programming and community engagement, a new position. Durham joined the station in 2016 as community engagement manager and produces Contact, a weeknight interview program. “Laura is a truly creative person whose talents will help PBS Utah strengthen our relationship with our audience,” said Station Manger James Davie in a news release.


Zillah Elcin was hired as an associate grant writer for WHYY in Philadelphia. “I could not be happier that this role is on a team working to keep public media accessible to all through grant funding,” Elcin said on Twitter. Elcin most recently worked as a member partnership intern for NPR. She was also a summer intern for WHYY in 2019.


David Yepsen will retire next month as host of Iowa Press, produced by Iowa PBS. His last day with the program is Sept. 10. Yepsen became host in 2017 and was a guest panelist since the late 1970s, according to the station.


Rebecca Ibarra, a host and producer for WNYC in New York City, is leaving the station to become a freelancer and move closer to her partner in Austin, Texas. Ibarra said on Twitter that her last day with WNYC will be in October. She joined the station full-time in 2016 and was also an intern in 2015.

Ann Marie Awad said she’s leaving her position at Colorado Public Radio to become an independent producer. Awad joined the station in 2017 as a reporter and host for On Something, a podcast about marijuna legalization. She joined its audio innovations unit in June.

Tucker Ives announced that he’s leaving his position as a local Morning Edition producer for Connecticut Public. Ives joined the station full-time in 2011 and has also been an intern and producer for Where We Live, a morning talk show.

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