Comings and goings: Robert Mandell to leave CPB board, WUNC names hosts for new public affairs show …

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Robert Mandell will leave his seat as a CPB board member when his term ends at the end of the year.


Mandell joined the board in 2019 and served as chair of the audit and finance committee. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve, and I sure appreciate all the friendships I’ve made,” Mandell said during a board meeting Monday.

Mandell is a retired U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg and a partner with Velocitas Venture, a medical device company, and ReactiveCore, a technology company. He previously worked as chairman and CEO for the Greater Construction Corp. and was chairman emeritus for Meritage Homes of Florida Inc.

Leoneda Inge and Jeff Tiberii will co-host a new public affairs program for WUNC in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Inge and Tiberii

Inge, who joined the station in 2001, is a race and Southern culture reporter and co-host of the podcast Tested. Tiberii joined the station in 2011 as Greensboro bureau chief and more recently worked as capitol bureau chief and host of a politics podcast.

WUNC is looking to hire an EP to help develop the program’s concept and oversee daily production, according to a news release. The program, which does not yet have a name, launches next year.

WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, announced three hires.


Kathryn Mobley, who previously worked as a freelancer for the station, joined as an education and politics reporter. Mobley, an adjunct media professor for Wilberforce University, previously worked as a senior producer for WFDD in Winston-Salem, N.C.


Ngozi Cole was hired as a business and economics reporter. She was a postgraduate reporting fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and a freelance reporter for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.


And Sara Nilsson joined WYSO as an account manager. She previously worked as a sales representative for The Winds Café & Wine Cellar and Vanguard Wines.



Abi Inman joined NPR as a visual community manager and will work on the network’s Instagram, TikTok and YouTube accounts. Inman most recently worked as a consultant for organizations including the Oliver Sacks Foundation and Rank the Vote. She has also been a senior audience development manager for Atlas Obscura and worked in the marketing department of Penguin Random House.


Corey Antonio Rose was hired as an assistant producer for NPR’s It’s Been a Minute. “So excited to bring new ideas and stories to stations across the country with such an amazing team!” he said on Twitter. Rose most recently worked as a production assistant for KQED in San Francisco.


Dan Margolies is retiring from his position as health and legal affairs editor for KCUR in Kansas City, Mo. He will continue to co-host The Kansas City Symphony for sister station Classical KC. Margolies joined the station in 2014. He previously worked as a business reporter for the Kansas City Star and as a senior reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal. In an interview for KCUR’s daily program Up To Date, Margolies said he plans to read, work on a book and get involved in politics.


Jackie Orchard was hired as a community colleges reporter for Southern California Public Radio, which operates LAist and KPCC in Pasadena, Calif. Orchard most recently worked as a deputy communications director for the State University of New York system. Before that she was a reporter and producer for WAMC in Albany, N.Y.


Charmaine Runes is leaving her role as a data and visuals reporter for WBEZ in Chicago to become an interactive newsroom developer and designer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Runes joined the station last year.


Sandy Peña joined PBS Reno in Nevada as associate content creator and will manage the station’s daily on-air promotions. She previously worked as digital content producer for commercial TV stations KRNV and KRXI in Reno. She was also an advertising and circulation assistant for Northern Nevada Business Weekly.


Fats Kaplin was named host for Live from Cain’s, a radio show produced by Live from Cain’s Inc. Each episode features musicians performing at the Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. Kaplin, a musician and multi-instrumentalist, tours as part of Jack White’s backing band and has also worked with Beck, John Prine and Elvis Costello.

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