Ben Adair Named Managing Editor of Weekend America

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Ben Adair Named Managing Editor of Weekend America

(St. Paul, Minn.) January 9, 2007—American Public Media today announced that radio producer and writer Ben Adair has been named the new managing editor of Weekend America,® public radio’s two-hour weekly program designed to provide new perspective on the week’s events. Adair assumed his position with Weekend America in Los Angeles on January 8 and is responsible for developing the program’s content.

"I can’t imagine anybody better than Ben for the job," said Weekend America Executive Producer Peter Clowney. "He’s got talent, drive and an inspiring devotion to storytelling."

Adair launched his career in public radio with The Savvy Traveler, where he moved from assistant producer to reporter, editor, and finally senior producer. Adair later moved to 89.3 KPCC-FM in Southern California where he created and hosted Pacific Drift, an award-winning public radio program covering arts, culture and life in Southern California.

Adair is the winner of several Los Angeles Press Club Awards and has won a Radio-Television News Directors Association Edward R. Murrow Award for feature reporting.

"Weekend America is a show particularly well positioned to foster the type of connection and community that we all dream is possible through public radio," said Adair. "Peter Clowney’s creative leadership, backed by the impressive journalistic resources of American Public Media, gives us an incredible opportunity to reach millions with stories that open hearts, change minds and turn up the volume on the continuing conversation that is America."

About Weekend America
Making its debut in October 2004 with generous support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Weekend America features segments on news and newsmakers, issues of the week, the diversity of American culture and the arts. The program incorporates the best of public radio from content partner stations, independent and national producers and is designed to fit listenersíweekend schedules with a more intimate, engaging and conversational style.

Weekend America is today heard on 135 public radio stations across the county, including in 22 of the top 50 markets, and has built its audience to already reach 615,000 listeners each week.

Weekend America is on the Web at www.weekendamerica.org.