A veteran public broadcasting journalist, an experienced international reporter, and an award-winning sales and marketing professional have joined the WYSO team.
Kathryn Mobley has been a freelancer for WYSO, and she will now cover education and politics for the station full time. She comes with 30 years of experience, most recently at WCSU 88.9 FM at Wilberforce University, where she created media content and where she is an adjunct media professor. She also spent several years in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as a public radio producer for WFDD 88.5 FM. Mobley has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Ngozi Cole will be WYSO’s business and economics reporter. She began her career in 2017, in her native Sierra Leone, as a spot news reporter for the Inter Press Service. She then was an investigative and project reporter for such organizations as Reveal News and Amaka Studio, also in Sierra Leone. Cole recently earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where her reporting focused on vaccination disparities and small business recovery from the pandemic in Queens and the Bronx.
“Ngozi and Kathryn are excellent additions to our growing team,” said Samantha Sommer, who became WYSO’s news director in May. “They understand and embrace solutions-based journalism, which is how we approach what we do at WYSO. We want to examine our community’s strengths but also its problems and dig into ways to eliminate, or at least minimize, those problems.”
Sara Nilsson has joined WYSO as an account manager. She comes to the station after 17 years in sales and marketing, most recently for The Winds Café & Wine Cellar in Yellow Springs. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications from Wright State University and will work with the business support team to help local companies and organizations connect with WYSO listeners through on-air messaging and special events.
“Sara has a strong passion for community service and outreach,” says Director of Business Support Karen Bledsoe. “She also completed the AmeriCorps*VISTA Economic Development Program, is a Certified Specialist of Wine, and has received several customer service awards. We’re so excited to have her on our team!”
Yellow Springs, Ohio-based WYSO 91.3 FM is the NPR member station for the Miami Valley. With 80,000 listeners, it reaches much of southwest Ohio and is rapidly growing its membership base. It plays a dynamic mix of music (over 40 hours a week) and delivers robust daily news and project reporting, through its flagship network news programs and locally produced content. Our Eichelberger Center for Community Voices trains the next generation to tell their own stories, and WYSO’s news department delivers the latest breaking news along with in-depth features, special projects and podcasts.
Posted December 7, 2022