Comings and goings: CPB hires general counsel, NETA EVP plans to retire …

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Evan Slavitt joined CPB as SVP and general counsel.


Slavitt, who will start working for the corporation March 11, succeeds Westwood Smithers Jr., who announced plans to retire last year.

Slavitt most recently worked as chief legal officer of Paper Excellence, a pulp and paper products manufacturer. Before that, he was SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary for Kyocera AVX Corporation, a manufacturing company, and was founding partner of Bodoff and Slavitt LLP. Slavitt began his legal career in the U.S. Department of Justice, first in the antitrust division and then as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

“I am looking forward to working with the Board and senior management of CPB to achieve its important statutory mission,” said Slavitt in a news release. “I view this position as the capstone of my career.”

Anita Sims is retiring from her role as EVP and director of business center for the National Educational Telecommunications Association.


Sims will leave her leadership roles July 1 but will continue to serve as a consultant for NETA Consulting.

Sims started working for NETA in 1991 as director of finance. In 1999, she created the NETA Business Center to provide financial services for public broadcasters. She later became VP of finance.

“As I embark on this new journey in life, I look back at my time with NETA with gratitude,” Sims said in a news release. “It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside such talented and committed professionals in the public media system. I am proud of the work I have done while building the Business Center, which has far surpassed my expectations.”



Joyce Burgess Schwarz is retiring from her position at America’s Public Television Stations as director of administrative services and events. Schwarz started her public broadcasting career in 1976 at PBS. She held several positions there until she left the organization in 1983. She first joined APTS in 1985, then took a brief break from 1997–99 to work with the American Institute of Graphic Arts as a meeting planning consultant. During her most recent stint with APTS, Schwarz has overseen key aspects of the annual Public Media Summit. APTS President Pat Butler applauded her tenure with APTS during this year’s summit.

Rup Malhotra was hired as an administrative assistant for Public Media Women in Leadership. She succeeds Amber Reinhart, who left the organization last year to become program coordinator at the GPS Career and Professional Development Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Malhotra is co-founder of the Diaspora Therapy Group and has worked as project manager and COO for the organization. Before that, she was project lead for Mehone and held several positions for biotechnology companies Serametrix, EMD Chemicals, GenVault and Life Technologies.



NPR hired Gabrielle Emanuel as global health correspondent. Emanuel most recently worked as senior health and science reporter at WBUR in Boston, which she joined in 2021. Before that, she was a reporter at GBH in Boston and was also a Kroc Fellow at NPR.


NPR correspondent David Gura is leaving his position to host Bloomberg’s flagship podcast, The Big Take. Gura starts the job March 18 and will be based in New York City. In addition to the podcast role, Gura will appear on Bloomberg’s television and radio programs as a reporter and host. Gura joined NPR in 2021 after working as an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC. From 2015–17, he worked for Bloomberg as an anchor and correspondent. He has had other stints with NPR as an intern, editorial assistant and reporter. He also held reporter positions with American Public Media.


Julia Longoria is leaving her position as host and managing editor of More Perfect, produced by  WNYC in New York City, to develop and host “a new seasonal podcast” expected to launch later this year for Vox, according to a news release. Longoria said on X that she’s looking forward to the opportunity to “dream up new narrative documentary experiments with Future Perfect,” Vox’s section that examines problems the world is facing and the most effective ways to solve them. Aside from hosting More Perfect, she was a reporter and producer for the program and held other production roles with the station. She has also been a narrative audio producer for The New York Times and host and managing editor of The Experiment for The Atlantic.


Jenn Short joined Ideastream Public Media in Cleveland as a content department coordinator. Short most recently worked as an executive assistant for the Cleveland Institute of Art. Before that, she was an administrative assistant with the Cleveland Clinic and has also been a digital media producer for Inquisitive Carter, an independent music and entertainment outlet.

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