Comings and goings: SVP of digital leaves NPR, ‘Short Wave’ adds co-host …

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Liz Danzico, SVP of digital for NPR, announced on LinkedIn that she left the organization.


“After eight+ wonderful years, it is time for a new challenge,” she said.

Danzico joined NPR in 2013 as creative director and has also been VP of design. She is founding chair of an interactive design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Before NPR, Danzico was a director for Happy Cog, Daylife and AIGA. She was also manager of information architecture for Barnes & Noble.

NPR had several additional staff changes.


Short Wave, NPR’s science podcast, added two members to its team. Aaron Scott will join Emily Kwong as co-host of the program in February. Scott will leave his role as a producer and reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting, a station he rejoined in 2015 after working there from 2010–12. 

Regina G. Barber, an astrophysicist, joins Short Wave as the podcast’s first scientist in residence. Barber has taught physics and astronomy at Western Washington University, where she is also the university’s first STEM inclusion and outreach specialist. She has also been host and EP of Spark Science, a podcast.


Also at NPR, Ciera Crawford became deputy culture editor. Crawford previously worked as supervising producer for All Things Considered. She joined NPR in 2019 as update producer. She has also been overnight executive editor and morning drive assignment editor for Westwood One.

And Fernando Narro became an assistant editor for Weekend Edition. Narro most recently worked as a reporter for KBIA in Columbia, Mo. He has also been an intern for Weekend Edition and was a reporter and producer for North Country Public Radio in Canton, N.Y.

Maria Miller was promoted to chief operations and administration officer for KQED in San Francisco.

Miller (Photo: Kirsten Dalldorf)

Miller joined the station in 2016 as VP of human resources, chief labor and employment counsel. She most recently worked as chief administration officer.

Before KQED, Miller was deputy director of labor relations for Bayer, was a VP for ABM Industries, and was an attorney for Farmers Insurance and Kenney & Markowitz.


Stephanie Hughes joined Marketplace as a reporter to cover business and focus on education. Hughes most recently worked as a producer for Marketplace Tech. She has held producer roles for Bloomberg, WYPR in Baltimore and WNYC in New York City.


Amber Renee Dixon was hired as host of Nevada Week, a public affairs program produced by Vegas PBS. Dixon most recently worked as a television sports anchor and reporter for KSNV, a commercial station in Las Vegas, before being laid off by parent company Sinclair last year. She has also worked for commercial TV stations in Texas. Dixon succeeds Kipp Ortenburger, who accepted a full-time grants and government relations role for the station.


Renee Fox was hired as a reporter for WOSU Public Media in Columbus, Ohio. Fox most recently worked as a reporter for The Tribune Chronicle and The Vindicator in the Youngstown area of Ohio. She’s also an Air Force veteran and former defense contractor who worked on linguistics projects at Bagram Airfield and other bases in Afghanistan.

Alison Berg joined Rocky Mountain PBS as a reporter. Berg most recently worked as a reporter for The Steamboat Pilot & Today in Steamboat Springs, Colo. She has also been an intern for The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News.

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Michael Lyle Jr. became a reporter for WSHU in Fairfield, Conn. Lyle started working for the station last year as a part-time news anchor. He previously worked as a host and producer for New England Public Media and was also a production assistant for ESPN Radio. He is currently VP of broadcast for the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists.

Halle Parker was hired as an environment reporter for WWNO in New Orleans. Parker most recently worked as an environment reporter for The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. She has also been a communications associate for the National Audubon Society and a reporter for The Danville Register & Bee in Virginia and The Houma Courier/The Daily Comet in Louisiana.



Belinda Rawlins was appointed assistant executive director of the Public Media Journalists Association. She will work alongside Christine Paige Diers, who became executive director last year. Rawlins most recently worked as a senior product manager for EveryAction, a software company. She has also had several jobs in nonprofit media, including as GM and executive director for KZYX in Philo, Calif.

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