Graham, Nassiri Named Exec. Dirs. At RTNDF, RTNDA
April 15, 2009 at 10:40 AM (PT)
The RADIO AND TELEVISION NEWS DIRECTORS FOUNDATION has upped VP for Foundation Programs KATHLEEN GRAHAM to Exec. Director, and parent RADIO AND TELEVISION NEWS DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION has upped VP/Finance and Administration JANE NASSIRI to RTNDA Exec. Director. Both appointments will be effective with RTNDA/RTNDF Pres. BARBARA COCHRAN's retirement on JUNE 25th.
COCHRAN will serve as President Emeritus of both organizations following her retirement. KOMU-TV/COLUMBIA, MO News Dir. and incoming RTNDA chair STACEY WOELFE will take a more active role as voluntary CEO for the RTNDA, while outgoing RTNDA chair and RUBBER CITY RADIO GROUP VP ED will assume a similar position with RTNDF.
"We're very fortunate to have such experienced and able executives to direct the operations of the Association and the Foundation," said ESPOSITO. "JANE and KATHLEEN know every facet of both organizations and have interacted with hundreds of RTNDA members over the years. They understand the tremendous shifts we are seeing in the industry as well as the mission and activities we need to undertake to transform RTNDA and RTNDF to meet the needs of journalists in the digital age."
RTNDF Chairman and CBS RADIO News KYW-A/PHILADELPHIA Dir./Digital Media BILL ROSWELL said, "Board members will continue to provide leadership on issues such as Freedom of Information, ethical standards and best practices for the industry. We are directly elected by the membership and will continue to represent their interests to move the organizations forward."
"I am honored to be appointed as the Exec. Director of RTNDA," said NASSIRI. "The next year will be an exciting time for RTNDA. We look forward to forming new partnerships and reinventing the organization as we move forward in changing our name to RTDNA."
"Now more than ever, RTNDF is an essential resource for digital journalists whose news organizations have been forced to cut training," added GRAHAM. "RTNDF will offer affordable, cutting-edge programming for digital journalists and managers to connect, learn and succeed on air and online."
"The Board of Directors is mindful of the need to creatively address the management needs of our organization and to creatively explore strategies to best serve our members during these very difficult economic times for our industry and our members," said ESPOSITO. "The appointment of our leadership team positions us to offer the best services and the best value to our membership."