Thursday, February 21, 2013

Radio Station WWNO-FM Hires First News Director to Strengthen Local News Reporting

Eve Troeh appointed news director for WWNO 89.9 FMNew Orleans’ NPR-member radio station, WWNO 89.9 FM, announces the appointment of Eve Troeh as the station’s first news director. Photo courtesy: American Public Media

New Orleans’ NPR-member radio station, WWNO 89.9 FM, announces today the appointment of Eve Troeh as the station’s first news director, effective April 3. In this role, Troeh will oversee the station’s expanding coverage of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana news stories and develop WWNO’s capability to report news of national significance for NPR.

Troeh comes to WWNO after five years with Marketplace, the daily business news program heard by 9 million radio listeners each week.  Most recently, as a Marketplace Sustainability Desk reporter, Troeh produced news features and breaking news stories surrounding climate change, environmental issues and the energy industry.  Notably, she filed stories for Marketplace from the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Announcing Troeh’s appointment, WWNO General Manager Paul Maassen said, “As we begin WWNO’s New Orleans News Initiative, we are fortunate to bring Eve Troeh back to our city. Eve arrived here in 2000 as an associate producer for American Routes, the nationally popular music and culture radio program, then did freelance reporting here for NPR and other international radio networks in the years after  Katrina. She brings seven years of local experience to this new job, along with high energy and enthusiasm for the city, and a deep sensitivity to our local culture and concerns.”

“During my time in Los Angeles, I have maintained my New Orleans connections and my deep interest in local issues and Louisiana culture,” Troeh said. “I am excited to return to New Orleans to build dynamic and meaningful public radio news reporting for the city and region, working with the talented people at WWNO and its partners in the New Orleans News Initiative, as well as the area’s freelance journalists. Together we will tell New Orleans’ stories to the world.”

WWNO’s New Orleans News Initiative is a project to expand balanced, high quality coverage of local and regional news available on the air, on the Internet, and via mobile devices. The New Orleans News Initiative is being launched with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, several other local donors, and the station’s content partners, including The Lens, NolaVie, and the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.

WWNO is the NPR member radio station for New Orleans and southeast Louisiana, broadcasting on 89.9 FM, and on KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area. WWNO broadcasts a range of trusted local, national, and international news and information, cultural and entertainment programs, and classical music. All can be heard online at wwno.org. WWNO is a self-supporting public service of the University of New Orleans.