People

  • Development Associate

    Abby Bishop joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as Development Assistant in October 2018 and became Development Associate in October 2019. Starting out as an enthusiastic listener, supporter, and volunteer with BPR, she is now thrilled to be a part...

  • UNDERWRITING REPRESENTATIVE

    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...

  • Content Director

    Catherine Komp joined Blue Ridge Public Radio in September 2020 as the organization’s first Director of Content, leading BPR’s talented team of local journalists and content creators, overseeing national programming and...

  • Emeritus General Manager & CEO

    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...

  • Technology Associate

    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...

  • Operations Coordinator

    Éowyn Fain joined BPR in September 2021, working alongside Land Deer as the second Operations Coordinator. Although her career thus far has mostly involved audio engineering and nonprofits, she has also been a pizza vendor, camp counselor,...

  • Membership Manager

     

    With more than 15 years of nonprofit experience, Erin joined BPR in January 2020. She previously worked in digital marketing at NTEN in Portland, OR, marketing and communications at NPR in Washington, DC, and membership coordination at...

  • All Things Considered Host, Reporter

    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 & Broadcasting

    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....

  • Underwriting Representative

    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...

  • Operations Coordinator

    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...

  • Reporter

    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. ...

  • Host

    Marc is new to Western North Carolina, having moved here in late 2020. When not at the BPR microphones, you would likely find him at a sports event. He is a freelance broadcast engineer for pro and college sports and a frequency coordinator for...

  • Interim General Manager & CEO

    Mark joined BPR in December 2021, serving on a full-time interim basis while a national search is underway for BPR’S new General Manager and CEO.

    Mark recently retired as the President & CEO of Maine Public Television & Radio,...

  • News Director

    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...

  • Arts Producer

    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,...

  • Host/Reporter

    Born and raised in Asheville, Megan worked as a reporter and a producer across the globe in Israel, London and Australia. Her reporting earned multiple awards, including the prestigious William Randolph Hearst Award.

    Megan graduated...

  • Associate Director - Development

    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...

  • Announcer

    Mike Martinez is one of BPR’s announcers, guiding listeners through 1A, The World and weekend programming like It’s Been A Minute, This American Life and Fresh Air Weekend. Mike is known locally and in pockets around the country as a songwriter...

  • Director of Underwriting

    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....