Melanie Sill Executive Editor
As Executive Editor, Melanie Sill supervises the staffs that produce KPCC’s news and feature content for all platforms: broadcast, web, mobile, social media and live events.
Before she joined Southern California Public Radio in April , Sill held the top editing jobs at the Sacramento Bee, where she was editor and senior vice president for news from 2007 through 2011, and at The News & Observer of Raleigh, where she spent the last five years of her 25-year tenure as executive editor and senior vice president. As projects editor, she directed the 1995 series “Boss Hog,” for which The N&O won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1996.
After leaving the Bee in 2011, Sill was named Journalism Executive in Residence at USC Annenberg, where she authored a discussion paper, “The Case for Open Journalism Now,” published by the Annenberg Innovation Lab. She is a board member for the American Society of News Editors, Poynter and the (California) First Amendment Coalition and an advisory board member for the California Health Care Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting.
Born in Nebraska and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii, Sill earned her journalism degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1993-94. Along with journalism, she loves music, gardening, the outdoors and exploring Southern California.