Comings and goings: NHPR hires CFO, Vermont Public announces host changes …

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New Hampshire Public Radio announced several staff changes.


Travis Boucher joined the station as CFO. Boucher most recently worked as CFO for Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, N.H. He was also CFO for New Hampshire Hospital and held other finance positions for the New Hampshire Hospital Association, Elliot Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital. 


Leah Todd Lin was hired as VP of audience strategy. Lin most recently worked for the Solution Journalism Network. She joined the organization in 2015 as Mountain West manager and was also New England regional manager before her most recent role as collaborative manager.

And Emily Quirk was promoted to PD. Quirk joined NHPR’s development team in 2012 and has been production manager since 2020. 

Vermont Public named a new Morning Edition host.


Jenn Jarecki became the show’s local host. Jarecki joined Vermont Public in 2018 as corporate support associate and most recently worked as a co-host of All Things Considered.

Jarecki takes over for Mitch Wertlieb, who joined the station as host of the morning program in 2003. He will stay at Vermont Public as host of The Frequency, a daily news podcast.


“Twenty years is a long time to do anything, even when you cherish it,” Wertlieb said in a news release. “After so many years having the alarm clock assert itself each morning before 4 a.m., I’ve made a decision to step away from my morning show hosting duties and explore a new chapter of work at Vermont Public that doesn’t take quite the toll on mind and body as Morning Edition demands.”

As Jarecki moves to the morning slot, Mary Engisch will become full-time host of All Things Considered. She joined Vermont Public in 2011 as a board operator and announcer.

Basim Blunt was named executive director of the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


Community Voices, which was formed in 2010, helps train members of the public in audio production. Blunt succeeds Neenah Ellis, who founded the program and has led the standalone center since 2019.

Blunt joined WYSO in 2014 as a producer and host after participating in one of WYSO’s first Community Voices classes.  “Basim has played a key role in the work of the center up till now,” said Ellis in a press release. “I know that he and his team are going to take it to the next level.”



Dominique Kent joined PBS Reno in Nevada as an education services assistant. Kent completed a spring internship at PBS Reno during the station’s 2023 writers contest and most recently worked as a consultant for the University of Nevada, Reno’s writing and speaking center.


Billie Vanore retired from WETA in Washington, D.C., as executive assistant for PBS National Sales. Vanore joined the station in 2001. Adam Gronski, VP of corporate marketing for WETA and head of PBS National Sales, praised Vanore’s tenure on LinkedIn.



Jason Wells was hired as managing editor of daily news for LAist. “Looking forward to his expertise and deep LA knowledge as we shape the way forward in this great newsroom,” said LAist Executive Editor Megan Garvey on Twitter. Wells most recently worked as executive editor of news for BuzzFeed News. Before that he held several positions with the Los Angeles Times.


Meghin Moore was hired as a news editor for VPM in Richmond, Va. “I am so stoked to work with the VPM team, and even more excited to meet everyone there!” she said on Twitter. Moore most recently worked as associate editor of Dogwood, a Virginia news website. She was also a digital content coordinator for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., and was managing features editor for Modern Vinyl.

Fara McCune left her position as director of television programming for WKAR in East Lansing, Mich. McCune joined the station in 1994 as operations manager and was also assistant program manager.


WPBS in Watertown, N.Y., hired Michael Riecke as host of WPBS Weekly: Inside the Stories. The 30-minute program, which premiered in 2021, covers public affairs issues across northern New York and Eastern Ontario. Riecke takes over for Joleene DesRosiers, a senior producer for the program. Riecke is an assistant professor of broadcasting and mass communication at the State University of New York at Oswego. He previously worked as an anchor for WSYR, a commercial station in Syracuse, N.Y.


Lilly Knoepp was promoted to senior regional reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio in Asheville, N.C. Knoeep joined the station in 2018 as regional reporter. Before that, she worked as an assistant editor and digital producer for Forbes. “It’s an honor to serve the region where I grew up,” Knoepp said in a news release. “I’m excited to continue to highlight the culture of Western North Carolina and share local news that informs our community.”

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