Abby Bishop joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as Development Assistant in October 2018. Starting out as an enthusiastic listener, supporter, and volunteer with BPR, she is now thrilled to be a part of the dynamic and talented staff.
Director of Developmentakenny@bpr.org
Ashleigh joined BPR in February 2019 as the station’s first Director of Development, where she leads an expanded fundraising team that comprises membership, major gifts, and planned giving. She has more than a decade of experience in nonprofit...
Carolyn Kovash is a Business Sponsorship Representative at BPR who is passionate about helping business owners, ad agencies, and organizations grow their brands. Having spent most of her career in advertising sales working with startups to...
Morning Edition Host, Reportercherrington@bpr.org
Cass Herrington is BPR's Morning Edition host and news reporter. Her reporting largely focuses on stories dealing with health, race, and immigration.
Before joining BPR in 2019, Herrington spent nearly seven years writing, reporting and...
Classical Music Hostckaufmann@bpr.org
Chip Kaufmann was raised in Greenville SC. He attended the University of South Carolina where he studied film and first learned about classical music. After graduating from Furman University he participated in Spoleto USA and worked for SC...
General Manager & CEOdfeingold@bpr.org
David Feingold is General Manager and CEO of Blue Ridge Public Radio. He grew up in Brooklyn (as he says "before it was cool") and fell in love with broadcasting at his college's student radio station. David spent the first part of his career...
Duncan Fowler joined Blue Ridge Public Radio in April of 2016. He is a member of the Tech team that helps keep Blue Ridge Public Radio on the air.
Duncan grew up in rural Vermont, listening to Vermont Public Radio from a young age. He...
All Things Considered Host, Reporterhchickering@bpr.org
Helen Chickering is a reporter and host of All Things Considered on Blue Ridge Public Radio. She joined the station in November 2014.
Helen grew up in Texas. Her broadcast career began in television news in 1985 at WLBT, the NBC...
Director of Technology & Broadcastingjreed@bpr.org
Jason Reed is the Director of Technology & Broadcasting at Blue Ridge Public Radio. He joined the station in October of 2014.
Jason grew up in the small community of Wears Valley, TN just outside of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN....
Katy earned a BA in Journalism (with a concentration in advertising) from UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a news reporter for The Daily Tarheel.
Katy has been in marketing and sales for over 25 years. Her professional...
Jennifer-Land Deer joined Blue Ridge Public Radio in October 2017 as Traffic Coordinator. She spent the first 15 years of her working life in theatre, both as a performer and in management, before moving into Public Radio. She has worked in...
Operations & Programminglwilcher@bpr.org
Back in 1986, after working very hard in various jobs including landscaping, commercial fishing, cable tv, telephone and electrical construction, I graduated from Southwestern Community College with a degree in Video and Audio production. Soon...
Lilly Knoepp serves as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina. She is a native of Franklin, NC who returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. ...
Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington...
Matt Peiken, BPR’s first full-time arts journalist, has spent his entire career covering arts and culture.
He spent ten years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota writing profiles, opinion columns, and trend stories on visual,...
Weekend Edition Hostmbarlow@bpr.org
Matthew Barlow is the host of Weekend Edition on Blue Ridge Public Radio. He joined the station in November 2014. A lifelong fan of NPR, Matthew is proud to be a part of the BPR family. Aside from his love for being on air with listeners, he...
Associate Director - Developmentmkeenan@bpr.org
Michelle Keenan is the Associate Director of Development at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She began volunteering for the station in 1996 and has been a full-time staff member since 1998.
The daughter of a pilot, Michelle grew up in many...
On Air Hostmcooper@bpr.org
Mike Cooper is immediately recognizable to listeners as "the British guy" (though folks here in WNC are always asking him if he's Australian…)
Mike and his husband, Marc, relocated from London in late 2014 – along with their two rescue...
Patrick joined BPR in April 2019 as Membership Manager. He coordinates BPR’s annual giving including on-air campaigns, direct mail, telemarketing, and digital platforms. He has over thirteen years’ experience in fundraising, primarily with...
Director of Underwritingsbusey@bpr.org
I spent the first 20 years of my professional life working in the music industry as a marketing and sales representative for Capital EMI and Sony Music. In 1997 I moved to Asheville and started at WCQS as volunteer during the membership drives....
Suzanne Clark Hageman came to Asheville with her family in 1994 from New York. A passionate and longtime supporter of Blue Ridge Public Radio and NPR, “I joined my first NPR station in New York (WNYC) while I was still in college.” She came to...