Weekend America Adds Three New Staff Reporters

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Weekend America Adds Three New Staff Reporters

(St. Paul, Minn.) January 17, 2007— American Public Media today announced it had added three reporters to its Weekend America staff, a first for this young and growing program. The new reporters are award-winning and veteran public radio hosts, producers and journalists John Moe, Sean Cole and Krissy Clark. Weekend America is public radio’s two-hour weekly program where two curious, lively hosts spark conversations, share unexpected stories and connect listeners with the most compelling ideas and events of America this weekend.

John Moe will serve as senior staff reporter and sometimes host, based in Seattle, Wash. Moe had been working with Weekend America for two and a half years as a feature reporter, occasional host and weekly contributor of whimsical weather and events segments.

Moe was previously the host and producer of The Works, a weekly interview program from Seattle public radio station KUOW focused on business and technology. Moe also hosted The Power of Voice, a weekly listener call-in show on local and national issues. Moe was originally hired at KUOW in 2001 as a staff writer for Rewind, a national news and satire show hosted by Weekend America’s Bill Radke. Moe’s commentaries and feature reporting have appeared on All Things Considered, Day to Day, and Only A Game.

Sean Cole is a senior staff reporter based at Weekend America station partner WBUR in Boston, Mass. Cole also produces reports for Marketplace,® American Public Media’s award-winning daily program on business and economics news.

Previously, Cole was a freelance reporter contributing feature stories to many programs, including Weekend America, Studio 360, All Things Considered, Only A Game, and This American Life. Cole also spent several years at WBUR as a documentary and features reporter, field producer and newscast producer. While at WBUR, Cole reported and produced hour-long documentary specials for WBUR’s award-winning documentary unit, Inside Out, and features for WBUR’s Morning Edition and the station’s afternoon magazine program, Here and Now. For one year, Cole was a film and arts critic at The Jakarta Post in Indonesia.

Krissy Clark serves as a staff reporter for Weekend America. Clark has been with Weekend America since 2004, most recently as an assistant editor/reporter.

Prior to joining Weekend America, Clark worked as a host and reporter at public radio station KUAR in Little Rock, Ark. Clark reported local news, in-depth features, and wrote and anchored regional broadcasts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Clark also spent several years covering the American West at the syndicated public radio show Radio High Country News. While there, she developed, produced, reported, and hosted the award-winning documentary "Atomic Tales," which examined nuclear development in the American West.

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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 listeners’ weekend schedules with a more intimate, engaging and conversational style.

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

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