Mar 5, 2012
"We’ve come a long way since the 1970s," she notes, "but in terms of women’s achievement, NPR is still a notable outlier." The Women’s Media Center reported in February that women make up 18 percent of radio news directors, and 22 percent of the local radio workforce overall.
An investigation of a mine accident in Idaho by the Northwest News Network has prompted a federal agency to change how it handles documents regarding mine safety. Last year the network learned that a federal geologist’s report about unstable rock conditions at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho, had never been sent to the mining company. In April 2011, a miner died in a tunnel collapse at Lucky Friday. After a congressman took the Mine Safety and Health Administration to task for the oversight, the head of the agency has announced that it will take additional steps to make sure that such studies are delivered to mine operators. Hear the full story from the Northwest News Network.
“We were looking for someone with a really unique voice, someone you wouldn’t necessarily associate with PBS," Jayme Swain, senior director of PBS Interactive, told GigaOm. The duo's YouTube presence is "still a nascent channel, but have a reputation and a following, and they brought in a new perspective for us."
Kaplan’s focus on WAMU comes after the resignation of News Director Jim Asendio, who objected to the Meet the Producers Breakfast and refused to attend.