Managing Editor Kate Concannon To Guide News Bureau In The Mountain West

Jan 26, 2018

Kate Concannon officially starts her role as the RJC Managing Editor on Monday, January 29.

On Monday, January 29, Kate Concannon joins Boise State Public Radio as Managing Editor of a public media news collaboration across five Western states. This Regional Journalism Collaborative (RJC) is called Collaboration in the Mountain West, serving Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

Concannon is a skilled editor who shared duties as NPR Western Bureau Chief for more than a decade. From 1999 to 2010, she coordinated coverage across 13 Western states for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other NPR programs. An experienced journalist, she has worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and KPBS in San Diego, where she helped launch a public affairs show. She also ran her own consulting company, serving as editor for many public media organizations.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Mountain West RJC as Managing Editor,” said Concannon. “There are so many critical stories to tell, and I’m looking forward to telling them with an excellent team of reporters spread across the five states.”

The participating stations are Boise State Public Radio (based in Boise, Idaho), KUNC (based in Greeley, Colorado), KUER (based in Salt Lake City, Utah), Wyoming Public Media (based in Laramie, Wyoming), Yellowstone Public Radio (based in Billings, Montana) and KRCC (based in Colorado Springs, Colorado).

“Many of the important issues on today’s national stage are playing out right here in our region,” she continued. “From the contentious debate over public land use to energy exploration and natural resource extraction, to water and air quality, and ultimately, the debate over our changing climate.”

The Collaboration in the Mountain West received a grant of $475,000 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to launch a long-term news initiative to better serve the people of the region.

General Manager Tom Michael of Boise State Public Radio, the lead station on the grant, said, "For years, Kate has cultivated young talent in public radio. She will bring the team together and strengthen our connections with the national networks.”

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