CPB Names Kathy Merritt as Senior Vice President for Journalism and Radio
Jul 24, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 24, 2017) -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has named Kathy Merritt Senior Vice President for Journalism and Radio effective August 7, 2017. She will be responsible for leading CPB's efforts to advance the public radio system and public media's broader collaborative journalism efforts, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
“Kathy brings invaluable skills and experience as a journalist and leader of public radio stations and newsrooms,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “We are pleased to welcome her back to CPB to continue the work she started developing journalism collaborations and strengthening public media’s role as a trusted news source.”
Merritt comes to CPB from Public Radio International where she has been Vice President for Content Strategy and Development since 2013. Previously, as CPB’s Senior Director of Program Investments in Radio, she was one of the architects of groundbreaking projects. This included creation of seven Local Journalism Collaborations that led to a series of Regional Journalism Collaborations, the Public Radio Talent Quest that propelled "Snap Judgment" host Glynn Washington and "Reveal" host Al Letson, as well as other projects involving major producers across public media such as the Association of Independents in Radio’s Localore.
Prior to her work at CPB, Merritt was the interim general manager at KBPS in Portland, Ore.; station manager and news director at WAMU in Washington, D.C.; and news director at WFAE in Charlotte, N.C. She has worked in production, editing, hosting and reporting for public and commercial radio and filed stories for many news programs, including NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," "Marketplace" and "The Osgood File" on CBS.
The recipient of many awards and honors including the Society of Professional Journalists’ National Award for Public Service in Broadcasting, the New York Festivals’ Gold Medal for Best News Magazine and the Washington AIR Award for Best Local Public Affairs Program in Washington, Kathy Merritt is a past president of the Public Radio News Directors, Inc.
She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for her BA in English and the University of Maryland for a Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Journalism.
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