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WWNO Hires News Director

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WWNO, New Orleans’ NPR-member radio station, announced the appointment of Eve Troeh today as the station’s first news director, effective April 1.

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 nine million radio listeners each week.

Most recently, as a Marketplace Sustainability Desk reporter, Troeh produced news features and breaking news stories on such subjects as climate change, environmental issues, and the energy industry. 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’ 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, classical music and jazz. WWNO is a self-supporting public service of the University of New Orleans.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. The Knight Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. The Foundation is headquartered in Miami, FL, and was established in 1950.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is the community foundation serving the thirteen-parish region of metropolitan New Orleans. The Foundation aims to create a resilient, sustainable, vibrant community in which individuals and families flourish and in which the special character of the New Orleans region and its people is preserved, celebrated and given the means to develop.

The University of New Orleans is a major research university in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. For more than 50 years, it has been one of the city’s foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city’s industry, culture and economy. Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 100 countries. Today UNO offers more than 50 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.

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