Southern California Public Radio Names Melanie Sill Executive Editor

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Former Sacramento Bee editor to oversee SCPR’s entire news gathering operation

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR / 89.3 KPCC) announced today that Melanie Sill is joining the company as executive editor. Sill served as editor and senior vice president of the Sacramento Bee from 2007 until 2011. Before that she was with The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina for 24 years, rising from features reporter to executive editor and vice president. In her new role, Sill will be responsible for SCPR’s entire newsgathering operation – from broadcast to digital to social media.

“We’re thrilled to have Melanie join our team,” said SCPR content vice president Russ Stanton. “Melanie has been a force of change in two highly-respected newsrooms, leading efforts to restructure staffs to better compete in the digital age. She is a forward-thinking, collaborative leader who excels at producing great journalism.”

In her new position, Sill will oversee newsgathering operations for SCPR’s award-winning newsroom, with broadcast programming on 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, 89.1 KUOR-FM in Riverside/San Bernardino metro, and 90.1 KVLA in the Coachella Valley. She’ll also oversee newsgathering as it pertains to SCPR’s digital and social media platforms.

“I'm delighted to be joining a talented newsroom that focuses on quality journalism and community service, my two biggest professional passions,” said Sill.

For media inquiries, contact Craig Curtis, KPCC program director, at 626-583-5150.

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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 and 90.3 KVLA in the Coachella Valley as well as a growing number of digital services. SCPR reaches nearly 600,000 listeners every week, making it 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 content available anywhere in the region. SCPR's flagship station, KPCC, has earned more than 275 journalistic honors since 1999 including 21 LA Press Club Awards for broadcast, digital and social media news in June 2011. 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 http://www.kpcc.org.

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