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 facilitating collaborations and engagement initiatives.
Catherine has nearly two decades of experience in public and nonprofit media and is recognized for her expertise in developing talent and award-winning local content, managing complex projects and building a culture of mentorship within stations.
Previously, Catherine was Senior Editor at VPM News, where she played a lead role in the rapid expansion of the news department, designing editorial infrastructure for a growing team of beat reporters and expanding in-depth coverage, special series and collaborations. Prior to VPM, she spent five years as Executive Producer and Senior Editor at FSRN, a daily, 30-minute US and international news program.
Catherine is a 2020 Fellow in the CPB/ASU Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative and a winner of the Virginia Press Association’s 2020 Leadership & Innovation Awards.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Catherine’s parents instilled a lifelong love of nature through family trips to hunt asparagus, puff balls and blackberries. She’s an avid gardener and home chef, and always happy to swap seeds and recipes.