WUOT GM Regina Dean will retire Friday after 42 years in public radio.
“I’m hanging up my mic,” she wrote in an email.
Dean has led the Knoxville, Tenn., station for 28 years and will hold the honorary title of director emeritus and special advisor to WUOT.
Dean spent her entire career in public radio. She started out at KLRE in Little Rock, Ark., in news and fundraising positions before being named GM in 1987. She was named GM of WUOT in 1995.
She served on the NPR board of directors in the mid-’90s and was a founding member of the University Station Alliance.
“I’ve spent more than half my career at WUOT and through the years have been privileged to lead a team of extremely talented and dedicated professional broadcasters,” Dean said. “During my almost three decades at WUOT, the station has garnered numerous awards for excellence in journalism, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards and one international award from the Online Journalism Association for WUOT’s Truck Beat project.”