Jason Saul joined WYSO in January as the station’s news director. An experienced public radio journalist and manager, Saul has previously worked at New Orleans public radio station WWNO and on nationally distributed public radio programs American Routes and Bird Note, both of which air on WYSO.
Reporter Leila Goldstein also joined WYSO in January. A graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Oberlin College, Leila interned at New Hampshire Public Radio and at the nationally syndicated public radio show Marketplace where she focused on business and technology.
Antioch College graduate Chris Welter joined WYSO in June as a corps member with Report for America whose reporting will focus on environment issues. WYSO is joining over 160 news organizations throughout the U.S. as a Report for America host newsroom.
“In a rapidly changing journalism landscape where contraction is much more common than expansion, I am so proud we are growing our newsroom,” said general manager Luke Dennis. “Expanding and strengthening local news is a pillar of our current strategic plan, and these three hires demonstrate our commitment to that plan. We’re able to grow because our revenues continue to grow, thanks to local listeners and local businesses. I also must thank the national funder Report for America, who chose to support WYSO out of a crowded pool of applicants.”
Established in 1958 by Antioch College students, WYSO is a community-owned NPR affiliate with a weekly listening audience of more than 70,000 and 6,000 member households. In September, the Federal Communications Commission approved the station’s application to form the community-based nonprofit Miami Valley Public Media Inc., which took ownership of WYSO’s license from Antioch College. Neenah Ellis, formerly the station’s general manager, is now president of Miami Valley Public Media and will be the director of the new Eichelberger Center for Community Voices.