PRNDI selects board president, Seabrook signs up with Market, and other comings and goings in public media

The members of Public Radio News Directors Inc. elected a new board president and numerous directors. Terry Gildea of KUER in Salt Lake City, an at-large member of the board for three years, was chosen president Saturday at PRNDI s yearly conference, this year in St. Louis. He changes George Bodarky of New York City s WFUV, who will complete his final term.

New board members are Bill Dorman, news director at Hawaii Public Radio, medium station representative; Deanna Garcia, interim news director and chief task editor at WESA in Pittsburgh, at-large; and Naomi Starobin, editor for Keystone Crossroads at WHYY in Philadelphia, at-large, prospering Gildea. PRNDI altered its board laws last year, permitting non news directors to serve. Starobin is the very first to do so.


Andrea Seabrook is the brand-new Washington, D.C., bureau chief for Marketplace, the weekday economics program from American Public Media. Previously, Seabrook covered Congress for NPR and hosted numerous public radio programs consisting of All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation. She likewise created the political podcast DecodeDC.

PBS member stations in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., have canceled a co-produced nightly interview program hosted by political analyst Jon Ralston. Ralston Live has actually required a considerable financial investment from both stations and no more has sufficient funds to continue production, KNPB and Vegas PBS revealed June 21, keeping in mind that the program has proven to be helpful and substantive, though also often intriguing and controversial. Ralston stated in the announcement that he is dealing with a brand-new project to enhance using brand-new innovation in delivering news and commentary.

WFPL News in Louisville has employed Lisa Gillespie to cover health and innovation. Gillespie previously reported for Kaiser Health News.


Ann Alquist is joining Rhode Island Public Radio in the brand-new position of primary development officer. Alquist will oversee growth of RIPR on broadcast and digital platforms as well as neighborhood events. Most recently she has worked as audience advancement and engagement manager at the Bangor Daily News in Maine. Formerly she directed news at KFAI Community Radio in Minneapolis, directed membership at Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, and invested three years directing radio engagement at the National Center for Media Engagement at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Rachel Osier Lindley, news director of WBHM in Birmingham, Ala., has accepted the position of statewide collaborating editor for the Texas Station Collaborative. The CPB-backed initiative, based at KERA in Dallas, will link newsrooms at KUT in Austin, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio to expand and deepen protection. Prior to arriving at WBHM in 2013, Lindley worked as news director and Morning Edition host at Marfa Public Radio in Texas.


Houston Public Media has promoted Joshua Adams into the brand-new position of executive director of operations. Adams will manage technical operations, broadcast and online material, digital and innovative services and all other internal operations. He rises to the post from his previous position of director of operations and technology. Before joining the station in 2012 as executive TV manufacturer, Adams held management positions at Houston CBS affiliate KHOU-TV and NBC s WNCN-TV in Raleigh, N.C.

WQLN Public Media in Erie, Pa., has actually promoted Chief Engineer Aaron Coseo to director of broadcast operations. Coseo has actually been with the station since 2003, working his method up from electronic maintenance professional to TV and radio engineer; he rose to chief engineer in 2009. Coseo was key in reintroducing the WQLN TV initial series Sounds Around Town, which first aired in the early 1990s. It just recently expanded to a live series of popular totally free outdoor concerts airing on WQLN TV and WQLN Radio.


Hal Trencher is the brand-new v.p. of sponsorship at New York Public Radio in New York City. He’s accountable for sponsorship, projections, tracking and results, and managing a sales group of more than 30 staffers. Most just recently Trencher worked as chief earnings officer for advertisement firm PointRoll. Earlier in his profession he remained in management positions at AOL, Yahoo, CBS and Sports Illustrated TELEVISION.


The Minneapolis-based consultancy Greater Public has actually employed Joe Thiegs as a station-based planned offering adviser. This addition to our team marks a considerable investment into our core area of prepared giving, said President Doug Eichten in an announcement this month to customers. Thiegs will deal with groups of stations along with individual members. He presently guides organized providing at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in St. Paul.


Cynthia Abbott has joined Chicago Public Media as v.p. and basic counsel, a new position. Most recently Abbott was senior legal director at Motorola Mobility.


Former PBS newsman Jim Lehrer has actually signed up with the governing council of the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, a nonpartisan nationwide research institution specializing in governmental studies and public law. Lehrer covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama for NewsHour, which he and Robert MacNeil founded in 1975.


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