Comings and goings: WFAE names new executives, executive editor out at St. Louis Public Radio …

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WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., appointed new executives.

Turner Bailey, Howell and Handy

Debra Turner Bailey was hired as chief people officer. Turner Bailey most recently served on the station’s board of directors. She previously worked as global diversity officer and held human resources roles for Corning Inc. Since 2013 she has been a leadership and diversity consultant.

Penda Howell was named chief revenue officer. Howell’s position was funded by a grant from the American Journalism Project. Howell previously worked as VP and chief revenue officer for New York Amsterdam News. He was also news revenue coach and strategic advisor for LION Publishers.

Douglas Handy became CFO. He joined the station last year as interim CFO. He previously worked as CFO and chief of staff for Magic One Auto and CFO and controller for Sales Performance International.

The positions of chief revenue officer and chief people officer are new to WFAE, the station said in a release.

Shula Neuman is no longer executive editor for St. Louis Public Radio.


Neuman’s departure was confirmed in a news release, but the station declined further comment. She first joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2000 as a reporter and producer. She was also a reporter and producer for Ideastream Public Media in Cleveland, director of news and information for Washington University in St. Louis and an editor for NPR before rejoining St. Louis Public Radio in 2013. She became executive editor in 2016.

Brian Heffernan was named interim executive editor. Heffernan joined the station in 2018 as digital and special projects editor. “The interim position is expected to last three to six months while the search for a new executive editor is underway,” the station said.

Lindsay Kimball was promoted to PD for The Current in St. Paul, Minn.

Kimball (Photo: Sara Fish for MPR)

Kimball became an intern for the station shortly after it launched in 2005. Since then she has been assistant PD, host and producer. She most recently worked as director of regional membership for Minnesota Public Radio, which operates The Current.

Kimball will work with Jesse Wiza, who was promoted from interim to assistant PD in April. Wiza joined The Current in 2017 and has worked as music assistant, assistant producer and digital producer.

Additionally, The Current hired Rachel Frances as associate producer for the Current Morning Show. She previously worked as a producer for commercial radio stations in Iowa and Minnesota.

In addition, Andre Griffin was appointed community engagement specialist for Carbon Sound, The Current’s new Urban Alternative station. Griffin previously worked as a youth mentor at Banyan Community.

WBHM in Birmingham, Ala., named two hosts.

Fulmore and Banks

Miranda Fulmore was named Morning Edition host. Fulmore joined the station in 2018 as a multimedia news producer. She has also been a podcast editor for 1A, produced by WAMU in Washington, D.C., and a morning newscaster and multimedia reporter for Indiana Public Media in Bloomington.

Richard Banks became host for All Things Considered. Banks has been a fill-in host and freelance reporter for WBHM since 2020. He has also been editorial director for Advanced Content in Birmingham, an editor and writer for Southern Living and an editor for Memphis magazine.


Walker (Photo: Eric Rudd for Indiana University)

George Walker, a classical music host for WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., will retire. His last day at the station is July 29. Walker became a full-time employee at the station in 1977. In 1969, he received his master’s degree to teach English from WFIU’s licensee, Indiana University. “In the first year as a graduate student at IU, someone visited one of my classes to let us know that there were auditions for news announcers at WFIU. I tried out and wound up being hired, not as a news announcer, but as a part-time classical music announcer,” Walker said in a news release. Walker decided to retire after recently being diagnosed with progressive frontotemporal dementia, which affects his ability to speak, according to the release.


Amanda Williams was hired as a special projects editor for 1A, produced by WAMU in Washington, D.C. “After almost five years of wearing many different hats for our scrappy little show, I’m thrilled to take on this new challenge with such a stellar team,” Williams said on Twitter. She joined the program in 2017 as an associate producer and was promoted to producer the following year. Williams previously worked on 1A’s Across America team, a CPB-backed collaboration with stations that ended in 2021.


Marco Werman, host of The World, became a journalist in residence for the University of California San Diego’s department of communication. Werman will host the public radio show, which is co-produced by PRX and GBH in Boston, from a new broadcast studio at the university as part of its “Democracy Lab” initiative. In a news release, Werman said hosting the program at the university is “an opportunity to expand audience engagement opportunities” with students and faculty.


Elizabeth Dunbar will leave her position as assistant PD for MPR News at Minnesota Public Radio to become top editor for the nonprofit publication MinnPost. She joins MinnPost July 11. Dunbar joined MPR in 2009 and was promoted in 2020. She previously worked as a journalist for the Associated Press.



Brad Greenwald was elected board chair for Colorado Public Radio. He succeeds Philip Johnson, a retired attorney and co-founder and partner of Bennington, Johnson, Biermann & Craigmile, who retired from the board. Greenwald, who previously served as vice chair, is founding and managing partner for Hilltop Venture Partners. Michelle Sobel, COO at Unify America, steps up from secretary to vice chair. Rishi Hingoraney, VP of client partnerships at Ibotta, was elected secretary. Diane Reeder, a financial and management consultant with Thompson White, stays on as treasurer.

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