About Julie Drizin
Phone: (301) 270-7240, x36
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.
About Karen Everhart
Phone: (301) 270-7240, x33
Karen Everhart was promoted to managing editor of Current in 2012, supervising a team of four reporters and editors, freelance contributors and student interns. She joined Current back when Barney and Carmen Sandiego were the big stars of PBS Kids and stayed on to cover every major beat — public TV, CPB and public radio — over two decades as a reporter and senior editor. In 2007, Karen began focusing on public radio’s digital initiatives and how local broadcasters were adapting to the demands of multiplatform media distribution. After hours, she’s into bicycling, cooking for family and friends and live music events.
About Mike Janssen
Phone: (301) 270-7240, x37
Mike joined Current as its first digital editor in 2014 and began writing for Current in 2000, covering primarily public radio and digital initiatives in public media. Mike has also written for a variety of publications as a freelancer, was a fellow with the National Black Programming Consortium's Public Media Corps from 2010-11 and has hosted talk and music shows on community radio stations in the Washington, D.C., area In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing banjo, cooking, and making coffee and cocktails.
About Dru Sefton
Phone: (301) 270-7240, x39
Dru Sefton covers public television and CPB for Current. She has more than 30 years of experience working at daily newspapers including USA Today as well as Newhouse News Service, a Washington, D.C.–based wire service. When she’s not breaking pubmedia news, Dru enjoys being Current’s official staff baker.
About Savanna Strott
Savanna is a junior at American University, majoring in journalism with minors in creative writing and Spanish. She has received national recognition for her work at AWOL, AU's student-run investigative magazine. Savanna is excited to improve her skills at Current this semester.
About Jack Tollman
Graphic Design Intern
Jack Tollman is a junior at American University, where he is studying graphic design and marketing. Jack works as the art director for AUTV, the university’s television station. He has previous graphic design experience working for companies such as BS&T and Jelingu Creates.
About Laura Rogers
Phone: (301) 270-7240, x38
Laura joined Current with both business administration and membership services experience. Since moving from Texas to the Washington, D.C., area, Laura has provided membership and development services, administered grants, and managed business operations for nonprofits such as the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Resources for the Future, and the National Women's History Museum. Laura has a passion for public media that gives her history, science, culture and current events at her fingertips. In her non-Current time, she volunteers to bring economic development to an underdeveloped area in Maryland as president of the Gateway CDC. She loves dogs, believing that rescues are the best family members to be found, and can occasionally be heard singing classical music or belting out Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer."