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 April Simpson
Phone: (301) 270-7240, x32
April Simpson covers funding and innovation for Current. She relocated from South Florida, where she was a freelance journalist and writer for a global development charity. April was a Fulbright fellow in Botswana and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. April has written for the Seattle Times and the Boston Globe, among other publications.
About Karissa Waddick
Karissa is a junior at American University, studying journalism and the interdisciplinary major CLEG: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government. Originally from the suburbs of Boston, she came to Washington, D.C., eager to pursue an interest in community reporting. Before coming to Current, she interned for WCVB-TV, the local ABC affiliate in Boston, writing digital and broadcast stories about the community. Karissa is excited to join the Current team for the fall semester and is eager to learn more about public media.
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."