Comings and goings: PBS appoints new VP, Milwaukee PBS names two chiefs …

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Elizabeth Bruns was promoted to VP of business affairs for PBS.

Bruns will report to Katherine Lauderdale, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

Bruns first joined PBS in 1999 as an attorney. She later worked for Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp and was senior legal editor for Thomson Reuters before rejoining PBS in 2019. Bruns has also been an adjunct professor at the law schools of American University and George Washington University.

Milwaukee PBS announced two leadership changes.

Palecek and Mueller

Dale Palecek was promoted to chief programming officer. Palecek, who joined the station in 2015, most recently worked as digital promotions coordinator. Before that, he was a promotions manager for Weigel Broadcasting and VP of programming and promotions for Lambert Television.

Dan Mueller joins the station as chief development officer. Mueller most recently worked for Vivent Health, where he worked as chief development officer and VP of philanthropy. He has also been director of alumni relations for Marquette University. Mueller’s first day is Jan. 24.

Salandra Bowman was promoted to chief learning officer for South Carolina ETV.

The new position oversees education initiatives through SCETV’s educational website,

Bowman joined SCETV in 2019 and has worked as director of training and research and as interim VP of education. She previously worked for the South Carolina Technical College System as director of academic and program compliance.


Jeff Ramirez is retiring as VP of radio for KERA in Dallas.

Ramirez joined the station in 2006 as director of radio programming and started his VP position in 2008. Before KERA, he was a grants and membership manager for Alaska Public Media and a manager of radio projects and programming for CPB.

He has also been GM of KALW in San Francisco and a senior producer for KPBS in San Diego.

Janae Pierre was hired as host of Consider This, a new podcast produced by WNYC in New York City and NPR.


The podcast will bring listeners “a mix of the biggest local and national stories based on the listener’s location,” according to a news release.

Pierre’s first day is Feb. 7, and she’ll begin appearing on air later in the month.

“WNYC is a pillar of New York and I’m thrilled to join the team as host of Consider This,” Pierre said in the news release. “I look forward to diving into the issues that concern New Yorkers while also providing intellectual stimulation for audiences across the region.”

Pierre most recently worked as a reporter and host of All Things Considered for WBHM in Birmingham, Ala. She has also been an All Things Considered host for WWNO in New Orleans.



Ha-Hoa Hamano, a principal product manager for NPR, announced that she’s leaving the network. In a Twitter thread, Hamano said leaving is “an incredibly bittersweet, confusing, demoralizing, infuriating and at times lonely decision.” Hamano joined NPR in 2015 and has been a senior product manager for emerging platforms.


Raksha Kumar was hired as a producer for NPR. She will be based in Mumbai, India. Kumar, a freelance journalist, has published work in The New York Times and The Guardian and with the BBC.


Kinsee Morlan announced that she’s leaving her position as podcast producer and project coordinator for KPBS in San Diego. Morlan joined the station in 2018 and has worked on the podcast Port of Entry. Before KPBS, she was an editor for Voice of San Diego and the San Diego CityBeat. “I’ve learned so much in the past 3 years & have loved producing the border podcast Port of Entry,” Morlan said on Twitter.

Lina Blanco-Ogden is leaving her position as a senior engagement platforms producer for KQED in San Francisco. In a Twitter thread, Blanco-Ogden said she will become a communications strategist for the The North Bay Organizing Project and will be working with the filmmakers behind Fruits of Labor, a documentary about immigration and farmworkers. Blanco-Ogden joined the station in 2017.

Sasha Fernandez was promoted from intern to production assistant for Marketplace Tech. Fernandez joined the program as an intern last year. She has also been an intern for the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Current.

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