Comings and goings: KERA hires executive editor, Fred Rogers Productions names director …

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Gilbert Bailon will become executive editor for KERA in Dallas.

Bailon most recently worked as editor-in-chief of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which he joined in 2007. He has also been an editor for Al Día, a Spanish-language newspaper, website and sister publication to the Dallas Morning News.

“Returning to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to work with the dynamic KERA News team and their colleagues throughout Texas is an exciting professional opportunity,” said Bailon in a news release. “We will build upon a legacy of exceptional journalism and strive to reach even broader audiences with expanded coverage and innovations.”

Aleya Crable Jennings joined Fred Rogers Productions as director of corporate sponsorships and individual giving.

Jennings most recently worked as associate VP and group account director for Gatesman, a marketing communications agency. Before that, she was a senior marketing specialist for PNC and held additional account executive roles for Gatesmen.

“I’m so excited to be part of the ‘Neighborhood,’” said Jennings in a news release. “I’ve long admired Fred Rogers Productions for its quality programming that has been such an important part of children’s lives for generations.”


Amy O’Shaughnessy was hired as development director of major gifts for Indiana Public Media in Bloomington. O’Shaughnessy told Current she is leaving her position as membership manager for Iowa Public Radio later this month. She joined Iowa Public Radio in 2015 as a development coordinator and also worked as a development associate for on-air and outreach.


Deepa Krishna was named director of finance and accounting for New England Public Media. Krishna previously worked as an account manager for the Connecticut Airport Authority. She was also finance manager for the Bristol Hospital and Healthcare Group and manager of accounting and financial reporting for the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority in Connecticut.



Jeff Brady, a correspondent for NPR’s national desk, announced plans to become an editor. “The plan is to fill in as Southern Bureau Chief during the search for a permanent BC,” he said on Twitter. Brady joined NPR in 2003.

Leda Marritz became a program manager for NPR. She will work on the NPR+ podcast subscription service, according to a staff memo. Marritz most recently worked for Apple Podcasts’ editorial team. She has also been a marketing director for Pop Up Archive, creative director for DeepRoot Green Infrastructure and a marketing associate for Workman Publishing.

Christopher Conover was named news director for Arizona Public Media. Conover joined the station in 2005 as a reporter and most recently worked as interim news director. He will continue to host the weekly interview program The Buzz.


Phil Corso was hired as the first night editor for the day-of news desk for WNYC in New York City. Corso most recently worked as a news editor for the New York Post. He has also been managing editor for the Times Beacon Record newspapers in Setauket, N.Y.


Carly Berlin became a metro reporter for WWNO in New Orleans. Berlin previously worked as a Gulf Coast correspondent for Southerly. She has also been an investigations fellow for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.

Grace Benninghoff was hired as host of All Things Considered for Vermont Public Radio. Benninghoff most recently worked as a reporting fellow for VTDigger, a Vermont-based news organization.


Three New England Public Media journalists will participate in the inaugural 2022 New England Equity Reporting Fellowship, a program to increase coverage on topics related to race and identity. The journalists are Kari Njiiri, a reporter and host of All Things Considered and Jazz Safari; Iohann Rashi-Vega, media lab director; and Mark Degon, managing editor of And Another Thing. The program is co-led by the New England Newspaper & Press Association, the Solutions Journalism Network, the Granite State News Collaborative and the New England News Collaborative, of which NEPM is a founding member.

Public radio’s Midwest Newsroom and the Missouri Independent started a six-month fellowship to boost local journalism. The two fellows selected are Niara Savage, who most recently worked as an intern for St. Louis Public Radio, and Samantha Horton, an engagement fellow who has been a business and economy reporter for Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations and was based at WFYI in Indianapolis. The Midwest Newsroom is a partnership between NPR and member stations. KCUR in Kansas City, Mo., is the lead station, with partners Iowa Public Radio, St. Louis Public Radio and Nebraska Public Media.

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