Pat Loeb Named Editor for Popular Public Radio Program, Weekend America

Contact: Jennifer Johnson

Pat Loeb Named Editor for Popular Public Radio Program, Weekend America

( Los Angeles ) January 12, 2006 — Veteran reporter and editor Pat Loeb has been appointed an editor of American Public Media’s Weekend America, the live two-hour weekend radio magazine that broadcasts to stations nationwide. Loeb’s experience will bring a new depth to the program, drawing upon her knowledge and flair for cultures and issues both American and international.

"Pat is a seasoned journalist whose broad experience includes domestic and foreign assignments for major print and radio operations," said Weekend America Executive Producer Jim Russell. "We’re fortunate to have someone of her caliber and experience joining our editorial staff."

Loeb began her career at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, where she served as a reporter and producer throughout the Eighties. Loeb next moved to Manila, Philippines, and worked as a foreign correspondent for three years; her reports from the region were broadcast on NPR, VOA, CBC, BBC, RTE and ABC ( Australia ).

From 1998-2002, Loeb worked for the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, writing most of the Center’s newsletter and other publications, including two books. Since 2000, Loeb has also worked as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering public schools and youth issues for the publication.

"I wanted to work on Weekend America because I am, first of all, a fan of the show," said Loeb. "It is a thrill and an honor to be part of the team that is putting out such a consistently interesting, surprising and creative show."

About Weekend America
Weekend America is a two-hour program designed to fit the weekend state of mind. The program, hosted by Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke, features short, entertaining segments on newsmakers, issues of the day and the arts. Weekend America is smart radio that fits into every Saturday routine, offering listeners thoughtful, engaging stories produced by the best radio talent across the country. Weekend America reflects America back to itselfóits people, places and activities.