Comings and goings: NPR appoints staff for disinformation team, WAMU hires CCO …

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NPR appointed an editor and three reporters to cover disinformation.

Brett Neely will be supervising editor and will continue to be based in Colorado, where he moved after the 2020 elections. Neely first joined NPR in 2010 as a temporary reporter and editor for the National Desk and rejoined the organization as an editor in 2015. He has also been an associate producer and reporter for Marketplace and a Washington correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio.

Shannon Bond, who joined NPR in 2019 as a tech correspondent based in San Francisco, will join the disinformation team next month as a reporter. Before joining NPR, she was a tech correspondent for the Financial Times and also covered media, marketing and consumer goods for the London-based newspaper.

Huo Jingnan, an associate producer of investigations for NPR, will join the disinformation team as a data-driven reporter. She joined NPR in 2018 as an intern for investigations and has since been a news assistant, production assistant and assistant producer.

Lisa Hagen became a reporter for the team this month. She previously reported for WABE in Atlanta and co-hosted the No Compromise podcast as part of the Guns & America public media initiative. Before working in public radio, Hagen was a stringer for the New York Post.

Tom Hudson will join WAMU in Washington, D.C., as CCO.


Hudson succeeds Monna Kashfi, who left the station earlier this year to become VP of content and communications for Welcome.US, a nonprofit that supports refugees from Afghanistan. Hudson starts the job Aug. 15. Jonathan Blakley, interim content director, will stay through the end of August to assist with the transition.

Hudson currently works as VP of news and special correspondent for WLRN in Miami. He joined the station in 2013. He was also co-anchor and managing editor for the Nightly Business Report.

Public Media Company announced management changes.

Holmes and Andersen

Stephen Holmes was promoted to managing director. Holmes joined Public Media Co. as a director in 2017. He previously worked for PBS as senior director of strategy and insight. Audrie Andersen was hired as director of accounting. Andersen previously worked for Fathom Events as director of accounting and was also accounting manager and senior staff accountant. She has also worked in the accounting departments for Coram Healthcare, Vapor4Life and SurePayroll.

“Our virtual accounting service has grown significantly in the past three years, and Audrie’s background will greatly benefit our clients’ ability to understand and drive their financial results,” said Public Media Company CEO Erin Moran in a news release.



Tamara Keith, White House correspondent for NPR, was named president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. This is the first time one of the organization’s staffers has served in the role, according to NPR. Keith joined the network in 2009 as a business reporter and later reported on Congress. She has covered the White House since 2014. She also co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast and delivers weekly political analysis on PBS NewsHour. Keith has been on the board for the WHCA since 2018 and was also its VP.


Ebay Hamilton was promoted to director of programming and operations for KRCL in Salt Lake City. Hamilton began an internship with the station in 1992 when he was 14 and later became a volunteer host. In 2008, he was hired full-time. He has also been an afternoon host and music director.


Samantha Sommer became news director for WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sommer previously worked for the Dayton Daily News in Ohio as managing editor of investigations. She was also a reporter and editor for the Springfield News-Sun in Ohio and Springfield bureau chief for commercial television and radio station WHIO in Dayton.


Desmond O’Boyle was promoted to programming and operations manager for KUNC in Greeley, Colo. O’Boyle joined the station in 2016 as host of All Things Considered and most recently worked as assistant news director. Beau Baker became assistant editor and All Things Considered host. Baker previously worked as a reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration among stations in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming. He has also been a host, reporter, producer and engineer for Montana Public Radio.


Mary Franklin Harvin became the collaborative news editor of audio for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, Calif., and CalMatters on Monday. She coordinates news coverage between the newsrooms and leads production for the CapRadio Network partnership with stations in the state. Harvin most recently was a producer for The California Report, produced by KQED in San Francisco. She also interned for PRX’s Radiotopia podcast The Kitchen Sisters.


Nancy Klingener announced that she left her reporter position covering the Florida Keys for WLRN in Miami. “Stand by for news on my next gig. I have nothing but respect and affection for the hardworking team at WLRN News,” she said on Twitter. Klingener joined the station in 2015. In addition to being a librarian and program manager for Ocean Conservancy, she was a staff writer for the Miami Herald.


American Public Television appointed new board members who will serve three-year terms. They are Becky Magura, CEO of Nashville Public Television; Anthony Padgett, CEO of South Carolina ETV; and Courtney Pledger, CEO of Arkansas PBS.

The Public Media Journalists Association appointed new board members for one-year terms. They are: Doug Nadvornick, PD, news director and host for Spokane Public Radio in Washington, who will be treasurer; Joey Palacios, local government reporter for Texas Public Radio, who will be the large station representative; Emily Siner, news director and podcast host for Nashville Public Radio, who will be the medium station representative; and Tom Shine, director of news and public affairs for KMUW in Wichita, Kan., who will be the small station representative.

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