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...

  • Director of Development

    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...

  • 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...

  • Morning Edition Host, Reporter

    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...

  • 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 Assistant

    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, 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...

  • Business Manager

  • 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...

  • Traffic 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...

  • Operations & Programming

    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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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,...

  • Weekend Edition Host

    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 - 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...

  • On Air Host

    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...

  • 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....

  • Underwriting Representative

    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...