Comings and goings: Austin PBS appoints CFO, Michigan Radio hires PD …

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Elizabeth Perch was appointed CFO for Austin PBS in Texas.


Perch previously worked as a CFO for Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit supporting homeless people, and was COO, CFO and a financial consultant for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Before that, she was a business consultant for the U.S. Peace Corps in Tonga, a financial controller for the Provo Air Center in Turks and Caicos and a consultant for SolomonEdwards.

Matt Shafer Powell was hired as PD for Michigan Radio.

Powell will manage on-air hosts and the program schedule, among other duties. His first day with the station is June 6.

Powell is currently CCO for WFYI in Indianapolis. He previously worked as director of news content and EP for WUOT in Knoxville, Tenn., and was a reporter for Michigan Radio from 2000–2002.


Powell will take over for current PD Zoe Clark, who will transition to the newly created position of director of content. In that role, she will supervise the station’s public affairs program, Stateside. Clark will also oversee all special public affairs programming, including developing and hosting a forthcoming weekly on-air and multiplatform political segment. In addition, she will continue to contribute as a host and moderator for public engagement events.

Clark joined the station in 2012 as founder and EP for Stateside. She has also been EP of talk programming and a co-host for It’s Just Politics. Clark became PD in 2016.



Jennifer Ludden became a national correspondent covering economic inequality for NPR. Ludden first joined NPR in 1992 as a freelance reporter and has also been a foreign correspondent in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She most recently worked as an energy and environment editor.


Ciku Theuri announced that she was promoted to senior editor for Here & Now, a nationally distributed program produced by WBUR in Boston. Theuri joined WBUR in 2019 and most recently worked as a producer. She has also been an associate producer for GBH in Boston, a Roger Sarow Fellow for WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., and a producer for NPR’s Morning Edition.


Andy Chow was promoted to news editor for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau, which is managed by Ideastream Public Media in Cleveland. Chow previously worked for the bureau as a general assignment state government reporter focusing on environmental, energy, agriculture and education issues. He previously held producer roles for commercial television stations in Columbus, Ohio.


Barb Abney rejoined The Current in St. Paul, Minn., as a host, according to a spokesperson for the station’s parent company, American Public Media Group. Abney most recently worked as a morning show co-host for KFAI in Minneapolis. She previously worked as a midday host for The Current and PD for the kid’s music station Rock the Cradle, formerly called Wonderground Radio. Mason Butler, co-host of KFAI’s morning show AM Drive, will continue to host the program until further plans are announced, according to Bring Me The News.


Bárbara Anguiano is leaving her position as a Morning Edition host for Marfa Public Radio in Texas. On Twitter, Anguiano said she is moving to Washington, D.C., to continue her work as a producer for 1A’s podcast, produced by WAMU in Washington, D.C. Anguiano started working on the podcast last year. Before that, she was a statewide health and science reporter for Indiana Public Broadcasting, covering the COVID-19 pandemic.


LaTesha Harris left her position as an editorial assistant focusing on hip-hop and R&B coverage for NPR. “I’m taking a break from journalism,” Harris said on Twitter, adding “I’m moving to Colombia where I’ll dance, learn watercolor, tarot, shoot film and do whatever makes me feel alive.” Harris joined NPR in 2020 as an intern and has also been an editorial assistant and production assistant for the NPR podcast Louder Than a Riot.



Victoria McLemore was hired as marketing director for Austin PBS in Texas. McLemore previously worked as a marketing communications consultant for Austin Energy, a utility company. She has also been a senior marketing communications specialist for the Austin Independent School District and held several positions with the government of Wales.

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