Comings and goings: TPT fills executive roles, ‘Frontline’ hires editorial leaders …

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TPT in St. Paul, Minn., hired two executives and announced a promotion.


Lesley Goldman was appointed CCO. Goldman succeeds Melissa Wright, who left the station last year.

Goldman most recently worked as owner of Ladybug Films. She previously worked as SVP of development and original programming for WarnerMedia’s truTV. Goldman has also been a VP for CNBC and EP and showrunner of news and documentary for MTV. Earlier in her career, she was a producer for Newton’s Apple, an educational series produced by TPT.


Lisa Washburn was named VP and general counsel. Washburn previously worked for Nexstar Media Group as VP and assistant general counsel and was also assistant general counsel for Tribune Media.


Amie Miller was promoted to VP of institutional advancement. Miller joined TPT in 2015 and most recently worked as senior managing director of content development. Miller was also senior development officer for Public Radio International and was a foundation support advisor and project leader at the Grant Center for Public Media, led by Greater Public.

Frontline announced editorial changes.


Nina Chaudry was hired as series senior producer. Chaudry most recently worked as VP of production for Tribeca Studios. She has also held several producer roles for the WNET Group in New York City and was project director for the multiplatform initiative Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.


Erin Texeira became senior editor and director of local journalism. Texeira most recently worked as a freelance writer and editor. She has also been a reporter for the Associated Press, Newsday, the Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times.


Cruz and Max

David Cruz was promoted to editor of the People and Power Desk for New York Public Radio. Cruz joined NYPR in 2020 as news editor of Gothamist, a news site owned by the station. He most recently worked as assistant editor of the People and Power Desk. Samantha Max was also hired as a public safety reporter for the station. Max previously worked as a criminal justice reporter for Nashville Public Radio and was the lead reporter and producer for the WPLN News Investigates podcast. 


Xavier Blake was hired as content and engagement manager for WMHT in Troy, N.Y. Blake previously worked for South Carolina ETV for more than 20 years as a producer and also as assistant production and operations manager. 

Aaron Mendelson, a senior reporter of data and investigations for KPCC in Pasadena, Calif., is leaving the station to become a reporter covering inequality and democracy for the Center for Public Integrity. Mendelson joined KPCC in 2014. His last day with the station is May 10. “Beyond grateful to all my colleagues and sources over the years, and to everyone who read and tuned in … or just followed me for my tweets about bikes, rain, journalism, or other L.A. stuff,” Mendelson said on Twitter.


Divya Karthikeyan was hired as capitol reporter for the Kentucky Public Radio Network, a collaborative co-led by public media stations in the state. Karthikeyan most recently worked as an editorial intern for the New Republic and was also a reporting intern for the Gotham Gazette.


Erin Arnold was promoted to development director for PBS Fort Wayne in Indiana. Arnold, who joined the station in 2019, most recently worked as manager of membership operations.


The Poynter Institute selected six public media workers for its eighth annual Leadership Academy for Women in Media, the first of three classes that will be held this year. Thirty media professionals in total were chosen. The public media staffers are: Antonia Cereijido, EP of podcasts for Southern California Public Radio; Sarah Colón-Harris, EP for PBS Charlotte; Leah Donnella, supervising editor of Code Switch for NPR; Sabrina Herrera, community engagement and social media editor for Connecticut Public; Mary Tyler March, strategic planning editor for WAMU in Washington, D.C.; and Brittany Patterson, deputy managing editor of news for Vermont Public Radio. The class will visit Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla., in May. The academy will kick off with a keynote address from Tracy Brown, CCO for Chicago Public Media.


Aura Bogado, a senior reporter and producer for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, was selected for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. The fellowship provides up to $200,000 to scholars and writers for work in the humanities and social sciences. Bogado’s project for the fellowship is a book, Separation Generation: How Federal Detention Is Changing Migrant Children, which will examine the impact of U.S. policy on migrant families and society at large. Bogado joined Reveal in 2018. She is also a data fellow with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California.

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