Comings and goings: VP Sarah Gilbert leaving NPR, CCO leaving Public Media Group of Southern California …

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Sarah Gilbert is leaving her position as VP of news programming for NPR.


Gilbert’s upcoming departure was announced during the Friday broadcast of Morning Edition. A spokesperson for NPR said Gilbert’s last day is July 11 and that Gilbert “isn’t ready” to comment on her next job. Cara Tallo, EP of All Things Considered, will take over for Gilbert in an interim role. 

Gilbert first joined NPR in 2012 as senior editor of Weekend Edition. She has also been senior supervising editor for Weekend Edition and EP for Morning Edition, and she oversaw the launch of the Up First morning news podcast. Outside of NPR, Gilbert has been managing editor for Marketplace and held several production roles with the BBC.


Juan Devis, CCO for the Public Media Group of Southern California, is leaving the organization later this month.

Devis, who is moving on to focus on independent projects, will be a consulting EP for the organization, which oversees PBS SoCal and KCET in Los Angeles. 

Devis joined KCET in 2005 as director of production and program development. He later worked as VP of arts and culture programming and SVP of content development and production before the station merged with PBS SoCal in 2018.



Shayna Schlosberg was hired as equity leader for Oregon Public Broadcasting as part of the station’s efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion. Schlosberg previously worked as director of strategy and operations for Women of Color in the Arts. She was also managing director for the Catastrophic Theatre and associate GM for Alley Theatre, both in Houston.



Catherine Laidlaw will become deputy national editor of the East for NPR later this month. Laidlaw most recently worked as supervising editor of Morning Edition. She has also been an editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Industry Standard.


NPR hired Juliana Kim as a weekend reporter. Kim previously worked as an education reporter for WPLN in Nashville, Tenn. She has also been a reporting fellow for the New York Times and was an emerging reporter for ProPublica.


Carrie Evans was named PD for WTMD, a music station acquired by WYPR in Baltimore last year. Evans has been interim PD for the station since the sale was finalized in November. She previously worked as assistant PD and will continue her role as an afternoon host.


Brent Davis, culture content director for WOSU Public Media in Columbus, Ohio, is retiring. Davis joined WOSU in 2003. Three of the station’s most watched local series, Columbus on the Record, Broad & High and Columbus Neighborhoods, were created during his tenure, according to a news release. He previously worked as community relations director for the University of Alabama Center for Public Television and was a reporter and producer for a CBS station in Savannah, Ga.


The Public’s Radio in Providence, R.I., hired Mareva Lindo as daily editor. Lindo previously worked as director of media engagement for Public Narrative in Chicago. She has also been an independent producer and podcast host.


Alana Rocha became editor for the Rural News Network, a collaboration led by the Institute for Nonprofit News. Rocha previously worked as director of news partnerships for the Texas Tribune. She has also been a political reporter for a cable TV station in Austin, Texas, and a journalist for additional commercial TV stations in Kansas.



Yvette Meléndez was elected board chair for Connecticut Public. Meléndez, president of YMR Consulting, joined the board in 2017 and previously served as vice chair. She succeeds Gregory Butler, EVP and general counsel for Eversource Energy. George Norfleet was elected as the board’s vice chair. Norfleet is executive director of the state of Connecticut’s office of film, television and digital media. And Connie Weaver, CMO for Equitable, was named secretary.

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