Comings and goings: Frazier promoted at South Carolina ETV, Pizzi joins Public Media Venture Group …

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Stephanie Frazier was promoted to assistant GM of South Carolina ETV.

Frazier joined the station in 2019 as VP of education. She most recently worked as interim assistant GM. Before SCETV, Frazier was associate VP of curriculum and instruction for the South Carolina Technical College System.

“I’m excited to serve South Carolina ETV and Public Radio in this capacity,” Frazier said in a news release. “We are in a period of reimagination at SCETV, and I look forward to seeing what this next chapter brings.”

Skip Pizzi joins the Public Media Venture Group as a consultant.


Pizzi will focus on leading PMVG member stations’ ATSC 3.0 transition plan and implementation. He will also work as an advisor to PMVG’s stations, board of directors and CEO on overall ATSC 3.0 strategy. 

Pizzi will also lead a NextGen TV Working Group of PMVG stations that are already broadcasting in ATSC 3.0 or are in the process of transitioning.

“Skip participated in the original planning meetings for PMVG in 2016 and has been a trusted advisor over the years as we navigate the needs of our stations, and the opportunities offered by ATSC 3.0,” said founder and CEO Marc Hand in a news release. “We’re very pleased to add the contributions that Skip will make to our efforts and in addressing the range of needs of the PMVG stations.”

Pizzi most recently worked as VP of technology education and outreach for the National Association of Broadcasters. He has also been a senior policy analyst for Microsoft and a technical training manager for NPR.

PBS NewsHour hired Nicole Ellis as a digital anchor, a new position.


Ellis will be the lead anchor for digital video, including anchoring pre- and post-shows and hosting breaking news live streams. She starts Oct. 11.

Ellis most recently worked as a reporter, host and filmmaker for The Washington Post. She has also been a production associate for CNN.

“I often tell people that my beat is context, rather than a single subject because I’ve covered everything from presidential elections to egg freezing and dating with a disability,” Ellis said in the release. “Being curious about the nuances and complexities that inform our everyday lives is what drew me to journalism and, specifically, PBS NewsHour, for its editorial integrity.”



Emma Glenn was promoted to VP of development for PBS Reno in Nevada. Glenn joined the station in 2018 as a grant coordinator and most recently worked as development officer. Before that, she was development coordinator for the Nevada Cancer Coalition and a business operations coordinator for the Mountain View Montessori School.


Alexandre Rukashaza became director of digital media and broadcast operations for Arizona PBS. Rukashaza most recently worked as broadcast operations manager for WHUT in Washington, D.C. Before WHUT, he was an engineer for Georgia Public Broadcasting, PBS Wisconsin and commercial TV stations.


Maria Carter became managing editor of WESA in Pittsburgh. Carter most recently worked as editor of Harvest Public Media, a collaborative network of journalists in the Midwest and Plains. She has also held several positions for KCUR in Kansas City, Mo., including reporter, newscaster and news director.


Beth Fertig left her role as a senior reporter for WNYC in New York City to become a senior editor for XQ Institute, a nonprofit focused on education. “I’ve spent nearly 30 years in public radio because I believe in the mission and love our work and our audiences. But it’s time for a new chapter,” Fertig said on Twitter. Fertig joined WNYC in 1995. She has also been a reporter for WBGO in Newark, N.J.


Elle Mannion became Tiny Desk Concert manager and communications strategist for NPR. Mannion joined NPR in 2018 as an events intern and has also been an events assistant and associate. Mannion took over the responsibility from Marissa Lorusso, an associate editor. Lorusso joined NPR in 2016 as an intern and most recently helped with the events team for the Tiny Desk Contest, she said on Twitter

Matt Miller left his position as morning host for KTOO in Juneau, Alaska. Bridget Dowd, a reporter, will fill in for at least a month, according to the station. Miller joined KTOO in 1998 and has also been a reporter and producer.

Alexandra Watts, a reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., left the station to become a podcast producer for the Arizona Republic. Before WFAE, Watts previously worked as a reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Cronkite News, produced by Arizona PBS.



Lisa Manzone was appointed chair of the board of directors for WYPR in Baltimore. Manzone, who joined the board in 2017, is SVP of human relations for McCormick & Company. Laura Speer, director of strategy for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, was named as vice chair; Bradley Schlaggar, CEO of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was named secretary; and John Prugh, former CEO for Alex Brown Realty Inc., became treasurer. In addition, the board elected three new directors to serve three-year terms: Mike Karas, a retired lawyer for Bank of America; Daymon Pope, a consultant for Deloitte; and Chrissie Powell, executive director for Byte Back Baltimore.

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