Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) on Wednesday 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.
Sill will succeed Russ Stanton, who is leaving to pursue a communications career in the commercial, for-profit space, at the end of this month. Before he joined KPCC in 2012, Stanton was the editor of the Los Angeles Times from 2008 to 2011, capping a 30-year career in newspapers.
“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 in a statement. “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 Stanton and Sill, SCPR significantly increased its presence on digital platforms. SCPR’s website receives more than 1 million monthly unique visitors. Sill also championed groundbreaking digital tools such as Fire Tracker, which aggregates information on 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 in a statement. “It’s an exciting time as we continue to transition from radio only to being a leading multi-platform news source.”
"Given that we are humming on all cylinders, this is an excellent time to pass the baton to Melanie and her team,” Stanton said. “The staff has made KPCC a must-stop destination for the engaged citizens of Southern California, producing a robust daily news report, beating other news organizations with breaking news alerts, and producing interesting and unique enterprise stories that one can only find at 89.3 and kpcc.org.”