Catherine Komp

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 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. 

Ways to Connect

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Gas stations across Western North Carolina are feeling a crunch after the Colonial Pipeline shutdown because of a cyber-attack. In Asheville, long lines outside of gas stations spilled onto Merrimon avenue and other city streets on Monday. By Tuesday morning, many of those gas stations were out of fuel.

The next virtual meeting of the BPR Community Forum is scheduled for Wednesday May 12, 6:00-7:30 PM via Zoom. 

 

George and Ann Goosmann smile while sitting in the stands near the 18th Green at Pebble Beach while visiting California in 2018.
Photo courtesy of George Goosmann.

COVID-19 has altered our lives in numerous ways: from work to school to staying connected to friends and family. While the country processes a year of loss and uncertainty, many are reflecting on how the pandemic has changed them. For BPR and Foxfire’s COVID oral history project, we hear from Asheville resident Ann Goosmann, interviewed by her son George, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

NPR student podcast challenge
Illustration by Cass Herrington

Students in the Asheville area and beyond are hustling to meet the March 15th deadline to submit their entries for NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge. The annual contest invites students from across the country to put together a short podcast exploring any topic they’d like and provides training materials for classrooms. While winners get the chance to hear their piece on NPR, the initiative is also about skill sharing, collaboration and inspiring the next generation of audio storytellers.

As we mark the one year anniversary of the pandemic in North Carolina, BPR is launching a new series of oral histories from Appalachia. It’s a partnership with Foxfire Museum to gather and share how COVID-19 has shaped us. We start with Rabun County middle school teachers John and Alicia Kilby, interviewed by their former student Zain Harding.

Matthew Septimus

Blue Ridge Public Radio is pleased to announce the addition of two national programs to our daily line-up of weekday news and public affairs shows: The Takeaway and The World. Beginning Monday January 4th, 2021, listeners can hear The Takeaway at 2:00 PM on BPR News and BPR Classic, and The World at 7:00 PM on BPR News. 

Join Blue Ridge Public Radio for a month of special holiday programming. We are pleased to bring you annual traditions, like the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, Ari Shapiro and Pink Martini’s “A Holiday in Pink,” Hanukkah Lights, hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz and the live world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” along with many others.

The next meeting of the BPR Community Forum is scheduled for December 3, 2020, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Members will gather via Zoom and the meeting will be livestreamed on BPR's Facebook page.

The BPR Community Forum is an advisory committee, which is not involved directly in the station's daily management or operations. Forum members learn about public radio, meet Blue Ridge Public Radio staff members, and have regular communication with the station about the needs of their local communities. 

Got questions on how to make your gravy or cranberry sauce?

Lilly Knoepp/BPR News

 

12:00 AM – Wednesday November 4, 2020

While many races in North Carolina - including the presidency - seem too close to call, North Carolinians can hold onto their reputation of a battleground state. Republicans won big in Western North Carolina as reported by BPR's Lilly Knoepp and Cory Vaillancourt was on hand to cover the #NC11 win by Madison Cawthron.  

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BPR News is gearing up for a full day of reporting from Western North Carolina and providing you with local, state and national coverage on-air, on BPR's online streams and on our free BPR mobile app