Staff

Julie Drizin

About

Executive Director

Phone: (202) 885-6453

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.

Karen Everhart

About

Managing Editor

Phone: (202) 885-6414

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.

Mike Janssen

About

Digital Editor

Phone: (202) 885-6419

Mike became Current's 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.

Julian Wyllie

About

Reporter

Phone: (202) 885-6492

Julian became Current's public television reporter in 2019. His work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Governing Magazine, Politico and the Indianapolis Recorder. When he's not reporting, Julian is likely traveling with friends, building his vinyl collection or being a bunny dad.

Tyler Falk

About

Reporter

Tyler Falk covers public radio for Current. He has more than five years of digital journalism experience at outlets including Grist, The Atlantic Cities and SmartPlanet.

Grace Vitaglione

About

Editorial Intern

Grace Vitaglione is a sophomore studying journalism at American University, with minors in creative writing and Spanish. She is also a podcast director and staff editor at AWOL Magazine. She has previously interned in the Media Lab at Voice of America. Some of her favorite things include cats, books and homemade pizza.

Sasha Fernandez

About

Editorial Intern

Sasha Fernandez is a senior studying journalism at American University with a minor in International Studies. She has previously interned for a Member of Parliament in London and at the New York branch of the Center for Human Rights in Iran. During her free time, Sasha enjoys baking, listening to folk music and going to farmers' markets.

Laura Rogers

About Laura Rogers

Business Manager

Phone: (202) 885-6412

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 "Livin' on a Prayer."