Good News about PRE News

New Bern, NC –

Congratulations to the News Staff of Public Radio East! PRE was recognized seven times by the North Carolina Associated Press at their annual spring event where awards are given to radio and television news departments for achievements in journalism. Feature Reporters/Producers, Megen George, and George Olsen, as well as Morning Edition Host, Kelly Batchelor all contributed to PRE s achievement of seven honors. Awards were given to PRE in the following categories: General News, Best Sports Programming, Best Consumer Report, Best Health Report, and Best Series. All seven awards were presented in the Radio Division II category of the 2005 N.C. Associated Press Radio - TV contest. The statewide division includes all commercial and noncommercial radio markets that serve populations under one million.

I would also like to share with you two organizational changes and personnel promotions that have recently taken place in the Programming Department.

Kelly Batchelor, your regional host for NPR's Morning Edition, was promoted to the newly created position of Broadcast Supervisor. In her new role, Kelly will take over as the lead person in the PRE Programming Department. She will manage the on-air staff and on-air content to meet quality standards. This newly created position will help to ensure that the sound of programming, messages, transitions, and on-air voices remain consistent and at the highest standards expected by PRE listeners. While taking on her new role Kelly will continue to host NPR's Morning Edition each weekday morning on PRE from 5:00 to 9:00 am.

PRE Feature Reporter and Producer, Megen George, has been promoted to the position of News Director. In her new role Megen will direct the focus of the PRE's regional news coverage as well as work towards expanding the depth of news produced by the PRE News Department. Over the course of the next year Megen will focus the news team those issues that most affect Eastern North Carolina. She also plans to develop new and innovative ways to cover those issues, through additional commentaries, feature stories, and interviews.

We are excited about these initiatives to bolster our commitment to providing the best radio available in the region. To be frank, we can't do that without your involvement. The strength of Public Radio East lies with you and your commitment to providing the direct financial support which fuels this unique public radio network. Your gift now will ensure that Public Radio East remains one of the most important news and entertainment services available in this region. Make your commitment TODAY to keep PRE a viable community resource and the best radio in Eastern North Carolina.