MELANIE SILL NAMED NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO -- SILL TO REPLACE RUSS STANTON
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MELANIE SILL NAMED NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO -- SILL TO REPLACE RUSS STANTON, WHO IS LEAVING TO START COMMUNICATIONS PRACTICE
PASADENA - June 18, 2014 -- Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) today named Melanie Sill as its new vice president of content. Sill currently serves as executive editor, where she has been instrumental in growing the content division and in launching Take Two, SCPR's daily newsmagazine that is now one of the most listened to public radio programs in Los Angeles. She will succeed Russ Stanton, who is leaving to pursue a communications career in the commercial, for-profit space, at the end of this month.
"Melanie has been a valuable leader in making us a leading news and information source. I'm pleased she will continue to build upon SCPR's tradition of success," said founding president of SCPR Bill Davis. "She has the talent to lead SCPR forward as a national model for digital innovation in public service journalism."
Sill came to SCPR from the Sacramento Bee and the Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer, having served as editor at both papers. Her experience in transitioning newsrooms into the digital world has been key to her success. Under Sill and Stanton, SCPR significantly increased its presence on digital platforms. SCPR’s website receives more than one million monthly unique visitors. Sill also championed groundbreaking digital tools such as FireTracker, which researches and tracks California wildfires.
Under the leadership of both Stanton and Sill, SCPR has grown into one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse newsrooms in the country. It has built out desks covering politics and government, education, health care, public safety, emerging communities and immigration and local business. SCPR also has recently invested in dedicated science and investigative reporters and is launching new arts and entertainment programming.
"I've enjoyed working with Russ and benefiting from his leadership. We will miss him and wish him well as he embarks on a new career journey," Sill said. "It's an exciting time as we continue to transition from radio only to being a leading multi-platform news source."
About Southern California Public Radio
Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire, 90.3 KVLA in the Coachella Valley and 89.9 FM in Santa Barbara. Reaching more than 700,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened-to public radio news service of any kind in Southern California. SCPR serves the diverse communities of Southern California with award winning local news coverage as well as the most NPR (National Public Radio) content available anywhere in the region. SCPR's flagship station, KPCC, has garnered more than 300 journalistic honors since 1999. SCPR features signature public radio programs from American Public Media, the BBC and PRI (Public Radio International). Listeners around the globe can access news, join blogs, download podcasts, as well as hear a live web stream at www.scpr.org.
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