Kate Concannon

Managing Editor, Mountain West News Bureau

The Collaboration in the Mountain West is a Boise-based news bureau that covers five states across six public radio networks in the intermountain west.

Kate Concannon is a seasoned national and regional editor in public media.  She began her journalism career in Canadian public radio and after moving to the U.S., worked at KPBS in San Diego as both a reporter and eventually, the executive editor and producer of that station’s first daily public affairs show, These Days.

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1998, she joined NPR as its first Western Bureau Chief, editing member station and staff reporters across 13 Western states. In 2010 she founded indie-edit.orga “virtual” editing service for public media newsrooms and independent journalists across the U.S.

Kate has a special interest and expertise in health and science journalism and in long form investigative projects and collaborations. She’s directed a number of multi-platform series including American Public Media’s Behind the Blue Line: The Cost Of A Changing Police Force, a collaborative series with the Northwest News Network and the Tacoma News Tribune “First Cut: Washington’s Freshest Crop – Marijuana and a series with the Los Angeles Times, Capital Public Radio and Calmatters.org on California’s Pension Crisis. Kate’s work has won numerous national and regional awards including a Gracie from American Women in Radio and Television.

She has a reputation as a creative editor, teacher and mentor and is looking forward to using these skills as she leads our team of excellent reporters across the Mountain West. In her spare time Kate likes hanging out at rock concerts, skiing the fabulous Mountain West and spending time with her husband Martin, and her three greatest productions, her three sons.