Comings and goings: KQED hires VP of philanthropy, ‘NewsHour’ director retires …

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Lynne Slattery was appointed VP of philanthropy for KQED in San Francisco.


Slattery most recently worked at the Obama Foundation as director of development for Southern California and the Southwest since 2019. Before that, she held several roles with Rand Corp., including executive director of development, campaign and principal gifts.

She has also been manager of major gifts for Southern California Public Radio, director of membership for Classical KUSC and national director of donor development for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“I’m honored to join KQED’s dedicated and talented team,” said Slattery in a news release. “Public service journalism plays a paramount role in rebuilding our civic culture. And KQED is a model for delivering information and cultural connections that can help repair and strengthen our communities.”

Joe Camp, director of PBS NewsHour, is retiring after working at WETA in Washington, D.C., for 50 years.

Camp started at the station in the 1970s as a stagehand and cameraman, according to a tribute to him that aired on NewsHour Friday. He was a camera operator for PBS’ coverage of the Watergate hearings, which led to the creation of the MacNeil/Lehrer Report, the predecessor to NewsHour.

Camp became a director of Washington Week in 1983 and has directed NewsHour for 15 years.

“To our team, he has been a steady, wise, generous leader who has made what you at home see on this show better with his care and skill,” said NewsHour co-host Amna Nawaz during the tribute to Camp. “To me, he has been the calm and firm voice that I hear in my ear, steering the ship, propelling us forward and occasionally making us laugh. Joseph, we will miss you so.” 

“Joe, thank you for your steady hand in the control room, your camaraderie, your good humor, your dedication to the craft, but above all, thanks for being an unwavering source of support to us all,” co-host Geoff Bennett added. “We wish you a retirement as extraordinary as the legacy that you’re leaving behind.”

Gabe Bullard and Jonathan Peck joined VoxPop as the voice-to-text platform expands its U.S. operations.

Developed by journalists, VoxPop allows listeners to submit audio responses and comments to radio shows, which can then use the tool to put comments on air. Shows including 1A, On Point and Maine Public’s Maine Calling use VoxPop.


“With these new appointments, VoxPop is prepared to work with more U.S.-based programs,” the New Zealand–based company said in a press release Monday.

“Social media is becoming less reliable and more fragmented. Journalists are one algorithm change away from losing their audiences. We’re hoping to help radio shows and podcasts establish and hold onto a valuable connection with their listeners,” said Bullard, who implemented VoxPop in the editorial workflow of 1A.


“In an era dominated by screens and text, human voices are a potent force for connection,” Peck said. “The spoken word resonates.”

Bullard previously worked as managing producer for Here & Now. Before that, he held several roles at WAMU in Washington, DC., from 2016–22, most recently working as deputy news director, audio.

Peck has worked as senior director, broadcast and podcast marketing for PRX and was director of station relations, audience development for WAMU for five years.

KALW in San Francisco appointed Kelly McEvers and Chirae Cannon to lead an expansion of its Uncuffed program.

The radio and podcast training program for California prisons is adding its first women’s institution, the California Institution for Women in Chino.

McEvers will serve as lead teacher. She hosts NPR’s Embedded podcast and formerly hosted All Things Considered. She recently worked as an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Cannon is program coordinator and teaching fellow. She is a screenwriter, producer and documentary filmmaker who experienced incarceration intermittently from the ages of 12 to 23. “As a filmmaker and storyteller, she focuses on themes of identity and the quest for freedom, inviting audiences to challenge and transcend conventional societal boundaries,” KALW said in an announcement.


Morgan Church, senior director of business development for PRX, announced on LinkedIn that he is “transitioning into semi-retirement.” “I’m excited to continue contributing my expertise while also enjoying more flexibility and time for personal pursuits,” Church said. Starting in 1996, he held several roles with Public Radio International, which merged with PRX in 2018. His positions included director of business development and senior director, distribution and IT. After PRI and PRX merged, he was senior director, business operations until 2022.



John Clare left his role as music director for WGUC in Cincinnati to become artistic director of Gretna Music, a live music venue in Mount Gretna, Pa. Clare joined WGUC in 2022 after working as CEO and GM for Classic 107.3 in St. Louis. He has also worked for WBAA in West Lafayette, Ind.; Texas Public Radio; WITF in Harrisburg, Pa.; Nevada Public Radio; and KMUW in Wichita, Kan. Clare said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he is keeping his role as an announcer for SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall.

Aspen Public Radio in Colorado hired Kelsey Brunner as news director. Brunner most recently worked as a freelance photographer after three years with The Aspen Times as chief photographer. She was also a photographer for The Denver Post, The Colorado Springs Gazette and The Greeley Tribune, and she was visuals editor for WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio.

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