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  • ‘People don’t stay where they don’t feel safe’: Public radio leaders address diversity in the industry

    Amid the Black Lives Matter protests, public radio stations have posted statements condemning racism and laying out their commitments to diversity. Meanwhile, people of color in public media have been sharing stories, especially on social media, about their experiences of racism and toxic workplaces in the industry.  As Current Executive Director Julie Drizin pointed out, “public media has a whiteness problem,” and “the vast majority of our stations and organizations fail to adequately reflect their communities or the country.” In a webinar Tuesday, Ju-Don Marshall, chief content officer at WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., and Jordan Lee, program director at Radio Milwaukee, discussed their experiences as people of color in public radio and how their stations are addressing diversity and inclusion.  WFAE’s leadership has been focusing both internally and externally on issues of diversity and inclusion.

  • Comings and goings: ‘Invisibilia’ announces new hosts, two staffers leave Chicago Public Media …

    NPR’s Invisibilia will get new hosts in winter 2021. Yowei Shaw and Kia Miakka Natisse, who have been producers on the show, will become the new hosts, replacing Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin.

  • PBS cuts jobs, changes up departments

    PBS reduced its staff headcount last week by about 6%, according to a memo obtained by Current. A PBS spokesperson confirmed the workforce reduction but did not specify how many positions were affected.