Comings and goings: WJCT hires director of podcasting, WHYY adds staff …

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WJCT Public Media in Jacksonville, Fla., hired Letisha Bereola as director of podcasting.


Bereola most recently worked as founder, CEO and EP of Paradigm Media Group, a podcast development and production company. Before that, she was an anchor and reporter for commercial television companies Cox Media Group, Meredith Corporation and WCTV.

“I fell in love with podcasts from the moment I listened to my first one in 2014,” said Bereola in a news release. “Since then, I’ve seen the medium as a powerful tool for storytelling, community building and entertainment. It’s truly an honor to continue my media career at WJCT in the podcasting space, and in the city I call home.”

WHYY in Philadelphia announced two hires.

Cuffie and Davis

Anthony Cuffie joined the station as senior manager of the community and engagement team. Cuffie most recently worked as climate and culture team leader for the School District of Philadelphia. He has also held several roles for the Philadelphia Inquirer, including VP of local advertising.

Phil Davis became a digital content producer. He most recently worked as special project editor for the Baltimore Business Journal. He has also been a journalist for the Baltimore Sun, the Capital Gazette and the Daily Times. “It’s been a memorable decade in Maryland, but I’m excited for a fresh new start and to put behind me some of the more challenging years of my life these past 6 years,” Davis said on X.



Zack Waldman was promoted to senior social media strategist for GBH in Boston. Waldman joined the station in 2018 as digital social producer and was also social media strategist.


Blue Ridge Public Radio in Asheville, N.C., hired Gerard Albert as a rural communities reporter who will cover the western portion of the state. Albert most recently worked as the Broward County reporter for WLRN in Miami. “I was attracted to [BPR] by the care the news team takes with their stories, from the way they are reported, written and shared,” Albert said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to meeting residents who haven’t had their voices heard in local media and learning what they care about, what issues they’re facing and telling their stories.” Albert will also be part of a Report for America collaborative led by The Assembly that combines resources from other publications in North Carolina.


Sierra Pfeifer was hired as a mental health and addiction reporter for KOSU in Stillwater, Okla. She will be part of the Report for America corps of journalists. Pfeifer, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, most recently worked as a producer for Carolina Connection, a student-run program. She was also an audio editor for the The Daily Tar Heel and participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio fellowship last year.


Amber Miller became a host for WXPN in Philadelphia working nights, weekends and additional fill-in shifts. Miller most recently worked for commercial station WRFF in Philadelphia as host and PD. She was also host and PD for WEQX in Manchester, Vt.; director of national promotion for Virgin Music; a host for WQSM in Fayetteville, N.C.; and assistant producer for WDVD in Detroit. “This Philly gal couldn’t be more enthused and honored to join the revered team of world-class radio professionals at XPN,” Miller said in a news release. “I can’t wait to work alongside each of them, all in the name of celebrating amazing music, community and connection.”


Jona Robinson joined Lakeshore Public Media in Merrillville, Ind., as Morning Edition host. Robinson most recently worked as a journalist for GreatNews.Life in Northwest Indiana and was also an elementary school teacher. “Lakeshore has long been a beacon of community-focused journalism, and I am thrilled to join a team that values diverse voices and inclusive storytelling,” Robinson said in a news release. “Growing up in Gary and later pursuing my education and career in journalism, I’ve always been driven by the stories that bring our communities together. My goal is to shine a light on the rich cultural tapestry of Northwest Indiana and ensure that every story, every voice, is heard and celebrated.”


Violet Comber-Wilen announced on X that she’s leaving her position as a reporter for Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations, a consortium of 17 radio and TV stations in the state. Comber-Wilen joined the organization in 2022.


Joleene DesRosiers left her position as host of Whiz Quiz, produced by WPBS in Watertown, N.Y. The station announced that it is holding auditions for a new host next month. DesRosiers started working for the station in 2020 as a senior producer for WPBS Weekly: Inside the Stories, a public affairs program.

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