Julie Drizin is the first executive director of Current, leading the organization’s content, revenue, development and community engagement strategies. Julie previously served as Director of the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where she taught undergraduates and managed the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism. She has worked in and around public media for three decades, including stints with the Association of Independents in Radio, the National Center for Media Engagement, J-Lab, WETA and WXPN. An award-winning producer and innovator, Julie launched two successful national shows, Democracy Now! and NPR’s Justice Talking. She is a mom to two teenage daughters.
“It took me a while to figure out that the real job is to find resources for talented staff and innovative ideas — and to fight to protect independent journalism,” says Rocco, who retires from North Country Public Radio next month.
After building the Los Angeles station into a regional news powerhouse, Davis says it’s easy to forget how “almost everyone in public media” predicted that his efforts to revive the station would fail.