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WHRO Public Media Welcomes News Director Rebecca (Bec) Feldhaus Adams –
Adam’s first day is Monday, July 29

NORFOLK, VA (July 9, 2019)

WHRO Public Media is pleased to welcome a news director to lead our journalism initiatives which include serving as our editor and casting the strategic vision for the newsroom.

Bec currently serves as an editor and project manager at the WAMU regional newsroom in Washington, D.C. She also works as a part-time editor and reporter for NPR. Previously, she was talent director at the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), a general assignment reporter at WKMS, an education reporter at The Paducah Sun and a freelancer and consultant. Bec has won multiple state and national awards including one in the “Best Use of Sound,” category for a story on an evangelical horse whisperer. She holds two degrees from Murray State University. Bec is an outspoken advocate for diversity in public media and mentors young journalists to reach their goals.

"I am thrilled to build on WHRO's strong legacy of public service programming and educational outreach to build a newsroom uniquely suited for our audience. My colleagues-to-be have won the trust and respect of the community with their diligence. Every editorial move we make in the future will strive to confirm and expand that. At the core of everything we do, from investigative series to breaking news updates, we will remain dedicated to reflecting and serving the diverse and nuanced Hampton Roads community," said Adams.

“We’re so excited to welcome Bec! Her experience in journalism and public media were just what we were looking for to launch our newsroom. We have no doubt in her abilities and know she will be an incredible asset to WHRO and our community,” said Heather Mazzoni, Chief Content Officer for WHRO Public Media.

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