Comings and goings: NPR shuffles political teams, KERA appoints executive editor …

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NPR made staff changes to its political reporting teams, according to a memo from Chief Washington Editor Krishnadev Calamur.


Deepa Shivaram is now a White House correspondent. She joined NPR in 2021 as a digital reporter and most recently worked as a Washington Desk reporter. She previously worked as an associate producer for NBC’s Meet the Press and was a politics and campaign reporter for NBC News.


Eric McDaniel, editor of the NPR Politics Podcast, will work as a reporter for the congressional team until Feb. 25. McDaniel joined the broadcaster in 2016 and was editor of Up First and Morning Edition.


Megan Pratz was promoted to senior editor. Pratz joined NPR last year as a political editor. She previously worked as political director and EP for Cheddar News in Washington, D.C.


Elena Moore became a politics reporter who will cover “new voters for the duration of the election cycle,” Calamur said. Moore first joined NPR in 2019 as a Washington Desk intern and most recently worked as an assistant producer on the NPR Politics Podcast.


Casey Morell was promoted to Producer II on the NPR Politics Podcast. Morell was associate producer and director of All Things Considered before starting work on the podcast last year.

Barbara Sprunt, a National Desk reporter who was also filling in as politics editor, was promoted to Reporter II. “This is a long overdue move for Barbara, who spent much of the past year covering Congress as a reporter,” Calamur said.

Jeongyoon Han will be a 2024 elections editorial assistant. Han most recently worked as a Couch Fellow for New Hampshire Public Radio. Last year, she worked for NPR as a Weekend Edition intern and news assistant.

Ed Timms was promoted to executive editor for KERA in Dallas.


“KERA is expanding its reach and making sure North Texans always have a place for fact-based news and storytelling that reflects their experience,” said Timms in a news release. “I’m so proud of how KERA journalists are laser-focused on helping raise the voices of those who need help most, and to holding government officials accountable. I’m going to do everything I can to help our news staff continue to make a difference.”

Timms joined KERA in 2021 as a government accountability editor. He previously worked as an investigations editor for Roll Call and also held several editor and reporter positions over a 26-year tenure with the Dallas Morning News.

Jordan Lee rejoined Radio Milwaukee as senior director of programming.


Lee will work on Hyfin — Radio Milwaukee’s Urban Alternative service — and lead development of live events and the Uniquely Milwaukee podcast.

“We are thrilled to have Jordan Lee back at Radio Milwaukee for what is a new era for us all,” said Executive Director Maxie C. Jackson III in a news release. “His passion for music and dedication to our community align perfectly with our station’s mission. With Jordan at the helm, we look forward to delivering an even richer musical experience for the audiences we serve.”

Lee first worked for the station in 2008. He left his role as station director last year to become a consultant for Paragon Media Strategies.



Allison Herrera announced that she became a senior reporter for APM Reports, the investigative reporting unit at American Public Media. Herrera most recently worked as the Indigenous affairs reporter for KOSU in Stillwater, Okla. “I’ve learned so much and am so humbled to serve alongside the amazing crew that is KOSU staff-who punches above their weight on the regular,” she said on X, formerly known as Twitter. “However, I am not leaving Oklahoma and I’m still going to report on Indigenous issues here and throughout the nation. And, I hope to still be a voice from time to time on KOSU.”


Kat Stromquist became a senior reporter for the Gulf States Newsroom, a regional collaboration among NPR and member stations in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Stromquist will cover justice, incarceration and gun violence. She most recently worked as staff investigator for the Orleans Public Defenders Office. She has also been an investigative reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


Miriam Kramer became a news editor for Nashville Public Radio. Kramer most recently worked for Axios, writing its newsletter about the space industry. Kramer joined Axios in 2019 after working as a space reporter and science editor for Mashable. She was also a staff writer for


Tiffany Camhi became a higher education reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting. Camhi joined the station in 2020 as an All Things Considered host. She previously worked as a reporter, host and producer for KQED in San Francisco and also has editorial experience with Northern California Public Media in Rohnert Park and WNYC in New York.


Dan Clark announced that he’s leaving his role as host of New York NOW, a public-affairs program produced by Schenectady-based WMHT Public Media. “It was a difficult decision, but it was mine. I’m heartbroken to leave what had been a dream job for me,” Clark said on X. “I don’t have anything lined up, so I’ll stay on while WMHT hires someone to replace me.” Clark joined the program in 2020. He previously worked as a reporter for PolitiFact and the New York Law Journal.



Former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was elected to a three-year term as an at-large member for the America’s Public Television Stations board of trustees. His appointment is effective Feb. 26. Pai chaired the FCC from 2017–21. He now works as a partner for Searchlight Capital Partners, a global investment firm. “As we plan to make the most of our spectrum assets in service to the American people, Chairman Pai will bring an immensely useful perspective and extraordinary experience to our work,” said APTS CEO Pat Butler in a news release. “We’re most grateful that he has agreed to contribute his formidable talents to help advance public television’s service to the public.”



Theresa Loong is the 2023 winner of the Leanne Kaʻiulani Ferrer Content Fellowship Award, presented Nov. 7 at the American Public Television Fall Marketplace in Palm Springs, Calif. Loong will receive one year of mentoring from APT’s team as she works on her next film, Game On, a documentary about game designer Brenda Romero and her impact in a male-dominated industry. Other public TV productions she has worked on include Every Day Is a Holiday, So Very Far From Home, China: Frame by Frame and Unsettled History: America, China and the Doolittle Tokyo Raid. The Leanne Kaʻiulani Ferrer fellowship, created last year to support BIPOC filmmakers, honors the former executive director of Pacific Islanders in Communications, who died in 2021.

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