Justin Shoman named president of Alaska’s KTOO

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Justin Shoman, a communications consultant with extensive experience in development, will lead KTOO Public Media as president and GM.

Shoman, who directed development at the station in Juneau, Alaska, from 2014–2016, starts the job Jan. 4. He succeeds Bill Legere, who is retiring after leading the station since 1991.

“Justin has an eye on future trends in public media and the enthusiasm and experience to balance that big picture vision with action,” said KTOO Public Media Board Chair Jenny Fremlin in a news release. Shoman “brings a strong financial and fundraising background with experience in different markets,” she added. “He has shown a dedication to diversity and collaboration, and he understands that true community engagement is at the core of everything we do.”

Shoman, who has most recently worked as a communications consultant, previously managed fundraising communications for Colorado Public Radio from 2016–2021. Before his two years with KTOO as regional development director, he was development director at WMSE, a noncommercial station in Milwaukee.

“It’s an honor to return to KTOO Public Media and I’m humbled by the opportunity to support their dedicated team in my new role,” Shoman said in the news release. “I’m excited to partner with communities across Southeast Alaska and build on KTOO’s success as a free and independent source of news, music and culture throughout the region.”

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