Montana Public Radio Hires Health Reporter as News Director

August 25, 2014

MISSOULA – Eric Whitney, a radio reporter covering health issues for National Public Radio and Kaiser Health News, will join Montana Public Radio as news director on Monday, Sept. 1. Whitney replaces Sally Mauk, who retired in May.

MTPR General Manager William Marcus said the station’s search committee was pleased with the number of highly qualified applicants for the nationally advertised position and that Whitney stood out.

“Eric has spent most of his 20-year public radio career reporting from and about the west,” Marcus said. “He’s a proven professional, and I’m confident he will carry on MTPR’s strong tradition of excellence in public radio journalism.”

Before his freelance work for NPR and Kaiser Health News, Whitney reported for Colorado Public Radio and started the News Department at public station KRCC in Colorado Springs. He also served as assistant news director for High Plains News in Billings.

Whitney says he looks forward to his move back to Montana. “I'm really excited about becoming part of Montana Public Radio and look forward to joining the dialogue around the issues that matter to our listeners,” he said.

MTPR serves western and north-central Montana from studios at the University of Montana in Missoula. Program, tune-in and streaming information is available at http://mtpr.org.

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Contact: William Marcus, MTPR general manager, 406-544-8618, william.marcus@umontana.edu.