Tina Pamintuan was appointed CEO of St. Louis Public Radio.
Pamintuan starts in the position Dec. 1. The University of Missouri–St. Louis, St. Louis Public Radio’s licensee, announced the hire.
Pamintuan succeeds Tim Eby, who left the station last year amid staff complaints about diversity and equity issues within the station. Tom Livingston, founder and CEO of public media executive recruitment firm Livingston Associates, will continue serving as the station’s interim GM until December and will help Pamintuan transition into her role.
“I am excited that Tina Pamintuan will join our community as the CEO of St. Louis Public Radio,” said UMSL Chancellor Kristin Sobolik in a news release. “Tina has a foundational appreciation of journalism and public media and its crucial role in a free society. Her broad leadership experience and passion for people make her the ideal person to lead STLPR during this time of intense societal and cultural change.
“The station is a huge asset to the St. Louis region and beyond, and I look forward to collaborating with Tina and the rest of our station colleagues as we work together to engage, educate and empower our community.”
Pamintuan most recently worked as GM for KALW in San Francisco. She also founded and directed the audio journalism program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.
“My work in journalism and public media has always centered on people and their stories,” Pamintuan said in the release. “As a leader, I want to create possibility and belonging in our industry so that staff are supported to do their best work and continue growing at every stage of their careers.
“I’d like to see St. Louis Public Radio take bold steps to meaningfully connect with new and existing audiences across both perceived and real differences. I know from experience that this kind of work takes deep listening, self-awareness and genuine collaboration. There’s no question that I’m going to look to the St. Louis community to be a full partner in this endeavor.”
Pamintuan began her career at NPR in 1997, serving in producer and editorial positions. She has received fellowships from the International Center for Journalists, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University. She joined NPR’s board of directors last year.
Tanisha Stevens, UMSL vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, chaired the 12-person committee that vetted candidates and recommended Pamintuan’s appointment, according to the news release.