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Drizin Takes on Current’s Leadership

Public media professional leaves U. of Maryland for The American University publication reports that the public/nonprofit media trade publication has hired its first executive director, Julie Drizin. The position is part of the American University School of Communication.

Drizin, most recently of University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, will take on her new position, effective Jan. 20.

According to the announcement, Drizin is a “public media journalist, producer and critic.” At UMD, “she directed the Journalism Center on Children and Families, taught undergraduate journalism majors, and convened a December 2014 Aspen Institute Forum on Race, Journalism and Society.” Drizin has also produced news/talk programming at WXPN(FM) in Philadelphia and at WETA(FM) in Washington.

Drizin has also worked in various capacities with organizations including: the Association of Independents in Radio, the National Center on Media Engagement, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, World Channel, American Film Institute SilverDocs, Public Radio Exchange and J-Lab.