Board of Directors
PRPD is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. Elections are held annually for rotating 3 year terms, with a limit of two consecutive elected terms.
Current PRPD Board of Directors (April 2019 - April 2020)
* = reaches term limit
Todd is the Senior Managing Editor of Here & Now, the daily news magazine co-produced by WBUR and NPR. Previous to his role at WBUR, he was Managing Producer at KUOW, Chief Content Officer at Louisville Public Media and Content Director at Iowa Public Radio. Todd was also Editorial Director at NPR Digital Services and from 1998-2003, he hosted The Todd Mundt Show, produced at Michigan Radio and distributed by NPR. Todd began his career in public radio in 1985.
Jon Hoban is the Chief Content Officer at KJZZ in Phoenix. Jon manages content across all platforms and is the Executive Producer and creator of KJZZ’s Original Productions. Jon has over two decades of public media experience as station manager and executive producer at Michigan Radio, Deputy Director of Louisville Public Media, and Director of News at WHYY. His experience includes programming, on-air staff coaching and local and national show development.
Bill Lueth is the president of Classical KDFC in San Francisco, and the Vice President of USC Radio and KDFC in Los Angeles.
While working on his Masters in Opera he started in public radio as a classical host, and Program Director at KUSC in Lincoln, NE.
A couple years later he moved to San Francisco to be the morning host of a classical music station there, eventually adding PD stripes a few years after. Bill spent the next 20+ years in SF commercial radio as a host and manager in multiple formats including news, talk, country, rock and classical. Bill started with KDFC 1997 as morning host and PD, and by 1999 this classical station was the highest rated music station in San Francisco. Bill became the President of KDFC when it became a public station in 2011, and started working with it's sister station KUSC a year later. KUSC has now become the most-listened to classical station for the last two years.
With more than three decades of experience in the industry and a diverse background that includes major and small market stations in a variety of formats, Abby is uniquely positioned to understand the complexities of today’s public media environment. She began her career as a late night jazz host at KVLU in Beaumont, Texas where her mother ran the membership program. She spent 17 years in Dallas working at KERA and several commercial stations as well as doing event production, booking and music promotion before moving to New Hampshire Public Radio as VP for Programming. Abby helped to transform NHPR into an award winning, essential source for news and regional content. In 2012, she became GM of WYEP in Pittsburgh, leading the station to unprecedented audience and revenue growth. Abby has served on local and national boards including the PRPD Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016.
Matt Abramovitz, PD, is responsible for everything that happens on the air at WQXR. On any given day, he works with the staff on the daily playlists, hosting, production pieces and specialty shows. Matt caught the broadcasting bug as a high school intern at WBGO in Newark, New Jersey. After managing his college station and taking a slight detour through a history doctoral program, he returned to radio in 2001 when he joined the new company Sirius Satellite Radio. At Sirius he oversaw multiple music formats, ranging from jazz and blues to soft rock and all-Bruce Springsteen. Matt joined WNYC in 2009 and helped launch WQXR as a newly minted public radio station after its acquisition from the New York Times that summer.
Ben first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool -- and not necessarily by choice. He made his radio debut (and blatant early mistakes) at Northwestern University's student radio station, WNUR. There, he spent much of his time broadcasting sports; a news internship at Chicago Public Radio gradually helped bring him over from the "dark side." He spent the summer of 2003 broadcasting Minor League Baseball in Great Falls, Montana, before turning full-time to public radio. After several years covering the Monterey Bay Area for NPR member station KAZU, he joined Capital Public Radio in August 2007.
Since then, Ben has reported on the 2008 Sacramento Mayor's Race and won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his continuing coverage of Sacramento's homeless "tent city" along the American River. After stints as a local reporter and All Things Considered host, Ben moved to Capital Public Radio's Capitol Bureau in February 2011, where his love of politics made him a natural fit. Now, as Capitol Bureau Chief, he oversees coverage of California politics and government, which is distributed to NPR stations across the state through the Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN).
Ben was selected to be part of NPR's Political Reporting Partnership with member station reporters in the 2016 election cycle. He also contributes political reporting and analysis to Sacramento's local ABC TV station.
Jacqueline Cincotta has been the Program Director of WNYC FM, AM and the four stations that comprise New Jersey Public Radio since 2012. Returning to radio, following rewarding careers in advertising and as a Macintosh computer consultant, Jacqueline started with WNYC’s newly relaunched Listener Services team in 2002. Communicating firsthand with listeners about all aspects of WNYC programming and membership provided her with a deep understanding of listener perspectives and impressions. That lens informs her philosophy and decisions as a programmer and listener advocate. As Program Director, Jacqueline has led the station through several aggressive schedule changes that increased overall listening. She works extensively on the strategic planning, messaging and execution of WNYC’s successful on-air fundraisers, ongoing membership efforts, and promotional initiatives and branding.
Jacqueline is committed to, and optimistic about, the continued success and expansion of public radio in an increasingly competitive and challenging multi-platform environment.
Ele Ellis is Director of Programming at WKSU and is responsible for all of WKSU’s content, focusing on news across broadcast and digital platforms. Ele joined WKSU, public radio for Northeast Ohio, in 2013 and was instrumental in helping the station transition to a news-forward format. She previously served as Program Director for WUGA, Boise State Public Radio, and WNCW.
After getting a taste for radio working as a folk DJ in college, Ele began her public radio career as a host at WNCW in Spindale, North Carolina, where she also sold underwriting, and held positions leading Operations and Traffic. She is a native of Nashville, Tennessee.
Kerri Hoffman is the CEO of PRX, a leading creator and distributor, connecting audio producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences. She played a key role in the building and evolution of PRX, and headed up the launch of Radiotopia, a podcast collective of 18 diverse, independent, story-driven shows, anchored by 99% Invisible from Roman Mars.
Fred Jacobs is President of Jacobs Media, a research and consulting firm devoted to guiding media companies in the age of digital disruption. The company has provided guidance to brands throughout North America for 33 years, including commercial radio, public radio, and digital media companies.
Prior to founding his own company, Fred taught radio production courses at Michigan State University, before joining Frank N. Magid Associates where he served as Director of Research for the firm’s Radio and Publishing Divisions.
He worked for ABC Radio as Director of Research for the company’s Owned and Operated FM Stations, and served as Program Director at then ABC-owned WRIF (Detroit).
In Jacobs Media’s early years, Fred became best known as the face of the Classic Rock radio format.
The company’s Techsurveys have provided ground-breaking data about the radio broadcasting industry’s digital challenges and opportunities for the past 13 years. Separate studies are conducted for commercial radio, public radio, and Christian radio.
Jacobs Media has co-produced three DASH Conferences, bringing radio together with the automotive industry. This past January at CES, the company organized an industry first – a CEO/CES Tour geared exclusively for radio executives.
Fred’s mobile app company, jācapps, has been at the forefront of facilitating radio integration in the mobile revolution. In eight years, jācapps has developed more than 1,000 apps on both the Apple and Android platforms, generating more than 28 million downloads. In 2013, jācapps entered into a partnership with the Ford Motor Company to develop apps for compatibility in Ford’s SmartDeviceLink ecosystem.
Fred’s industry recognitions include induction in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Conclave’s Rockwell award, Radio Ink’s Luminary award, and an Outstanding Alumni award from Michigan State’s College of Communication Arts.
Fred earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Telecommunication from Michigan State University.
Joel Meyer is director of programming and promotion at KUER in Salt Lake City, where he has worked since 2018. He has spent most of his career producing talk shows and podcasts, including the recent WNYC Studios soccer drama, American Fiasco. Joel has also worked in content roles for Slate Podcasts and WBEZ Chicago, where he executive-produced Making Oprah and helped launch Making Obama. He previously worked at WNYC running the eclectic daily music program Soundcheck. Joel was born and raised in Minneapolis, where public radio is second nature and the Twins are rarely in first place.
Jeff Ramirez is Vice President for Radio at KERA. Ramirez, who joined the KERA staff in 2006, is responsible for directing the overall sound of both KERA 90.1 FM and KXT 91.7 FM. Ramirez is a well-traveled public broadcasting veteran, having worked across the United States in Anchorage, Alaska; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco and San Diego. He came to Texas after working at Alaska Public Media, and also previously served as Manager of Radio Projects and Programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Washington, D.C. Ramirez has a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University.
Christine Dempsey’s relationship with public radio started in 1989 when the station where she worked was sold abruptly. When a former colleague brought her to WNYC as a part-time board operator for On the Line, her fortunes changed dramatically and she moved into a permanent position in Radio Operations. In 1994, Dempsey moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania to be the first Program Director for a start-up WDIY. In the years that followed, Dempsey continued working within public radio stations in major markets - New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. She was one of the first Chief Content Officers in the country when WHYY created the position in 2000. While at WABE in Atlanta as their first Vice President of Radio, Dempsey spearheaded the organization’s entry into the podcast realm. In 2019, Dempsey returned to the Allentown area to create a new public radio station at Lehigh Valley Public Media. This adventure recently started and Dempsey couldn’t be happier to bring her adopted home town independent, fact-based journalism from local, national and international sources. Dempsey, mostly recently from WABE-Atlanta, has more than three decades of experience in public broadcasting. Dempsey has worked for WHYY, Philadelphia; WDIY in Bethlehem; WNYC in New York City; and a variety of other public radio stations while she was an on-air fundraising consultant. Dempsey has been recognized with industry awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Academy of Television Arts and Science, as well as the Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists and the Pennsylvania Associated Press. Most recently, she was awarded the prestigious Peabody and RFK Journalism awards for the podcast, Buried Truths. In addition, the podcast, Bottom of the Map, which she developed, was accepted as part of PRX’s Project Catapult.
Matt Martinez joined Tacoma's KNKX in August 2015 as Director of Content, overseeing all editorial channels, including KNKX News, KNKX.org online content, social media platforms, and Jazz24 -- the station's 24-hour global jazz stream. Matt served as project manager for the “Save KPLU” campaign, which successfully saved the station from being sold. It was a community effort that raised more than $8 million in 4 months, securing the broadcast license and ensuring the station, now known as KNKX, remains a vibrant South Sound-based voice for the community. Before KNKX, Matt was a Senior Producer for NPR in Washington, D.C. He spent 15 years at NPR producing shows like All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. He created The Bryant Park Project, a multi-platform morning show on Sirius Satellite Radio produced at NPR New York. He was also the executive producer of Weekend All Things Considered.