Comings and goings: KUOW appoints two executives, PBS Reno names chief engineer …

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KUOW in Seattle appointed two executives.

Eisen and Promes

Marshall Eisen joined the station as CCO. Eisen most recently worked as VP and EP of podcast development and production for The Recount, a video and podcast production company. Before that he was VP and EP of development and production for CNBC and was also an SVP for unscripted programming at MTV.

Annette Promes became CMO. Promes previously worked as CMO for Kiva, a microfinance company. Before that she held marketing roles with Amazon, the software company Moz, Expedia and Microsoft.

WBEZ in Chicago named Gilbert Bailon executive editor.


Bailon, who starts the job in October, will oversee the station’s online and on-air content. He will also lead the station’s partnership with the Chicago Sun-Times, which WBEZ parent company Chicago Public Media acquired last year.

Bailon most recently worked as executive editor for KERA in Dallas. He left that position earlier this year. Before joining KERA in 2022, Bailon was editor-in-chief of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He had also been an editor for Al Día, a Spanish-language newspaper, website and sister publication to the Dallas Morning News. He is also a past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

PBS Reno in Nevada promoted Bryan Carr to chief engineer.


Carr joined the station in 2019 as a broadcast engineering technician and was promoted to assistant chief engineer in 2021. Before working in public media, Carr worked in technical services for Raven Electronics and was also an engineer for Circus Circus Reno, a hotel casino resort.

“We are proud of Bryan and the excellent work he has done during his time at PBS Reno,” said CEO Kurt Mische in a news release. “That performance has earned him the confidence of our team and this promotion as well.”



Jennifer Fisher was promoted to director of marketing for American Public Television. Fisher joined APT in 2021 as marketing and station relations manager. Before that, she worked as digital marketing manager for the National Educational Telecommunications Association. In addition, Kerry Taylor, who has served as managing editor of research and media, will become senior marketing and communications manager. She joined APT in 2003.



PBS Reno in Nevada hired Emily Moore as an executive assistant and board liaison. Moore previously worked as an operations and human resources administrator for Urban Outfitters. She was also office administrator for Oberon Design and Manufacturing in San Francisco and a service representative for 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union in Fort Wayne, Ind.



John Bailey was promoted to director of broadcast operations for WFIU/WTIU in Bloomington, Ind. He joined WFIU as marketing director in 2011 and has also been PD and station operations director. Before that he worked for KBIA in Columbia, Mo., as an announcer, producer, membership director and PD.


Bill Nigut, former host of Political Rewind for Georgia Public Broadcasting, will co-host Politically Georgia, a podcast produced by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The show will expand from weekly episodes to a daily morning radio program in partnership with WABE in Atlanta. Nigut led GPB’s politics program for nearly a decade before it was canceled in June due to budget cuts.


Matthew Guilhem will join WHYY in Philadelphia as a radio host later this month. Guilhem most recently worked as a Morning Edition and All Things Considered host for KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif. Before joining KCRW in 2019, he worked as a host and reporter for Boise State Public Radio and KVCR in San Bernardino, Calif.


Bahar Ostadan became a New York Police Department and public safety reporter for New York Public Radio. Ostadan joined the organization as an accountability reporter last year. Before that, she freelanced for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Vogue and The Village Voice. As part of the change, Samantha Max, a public safety reporter for NYPR, announced that she’ll focus on court reporting.


Shantel Destra joined WMHT Public Media in Troy, N.Y., as a multimedia journalist for New York NOW, a weekly public affairs program. Destra most recently worked as a reporter for City & State, where she covered national politics and public policy issues affecting New York.


Gene Grant is leaving his position as host of New Mexico in Focus, a weekly public affairs program produced by New Mexico PBS. Grant has hosted the program for nearly two decades. He worked at the Albuquerque Tribune, the Albuquerque Journal and the Weekly Alibi before that.


Katelyn Umholtz, digital editor for WWNO in New Orleans and WRKF in Baton Rouge, La., is leaving her position to become a staff writer for “Currently feeling all the emotions that come with a big move, but I’m mostly feeling so lucky that I got the chance to call this place home and its residents my friends,” she said on Twitter. Umholtz joined WWNO and WRKF in 2021 after working as a journalist for the Times-Picayune and New Orleans Advocate.



Andrew Russell, CEO of PBS SoCal/KCET in Los Angeles, was reelected chair for the California Public Television Board for an additional one-year term. Kurt Mische, CEO of PBS Reno in Nevada, was reelected vice chair. Darren LaShelle, CEO of Northern California Public Media, was reelected secretary, and David Lowe, president and GM of KVIE in Sacramento, was reelected treasurer.

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