Will direct three-state newsroom
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2016) — The Ohio River Network has hired veteran journalist Jeff Young as its managing editor. He begins March 4.
Ohio River Network was created in November through a $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to establish an Ohio River regional journalism collaboration between seven public media TV and radio stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.
Young will lead hiring efforts in the three-state newsroom, will set the news agenda for the collaboration and serve as its editor. He will be located at Louisville Public Media in Louisville.
“I’m thrilled to be joining LPM to help build this innovative approach to news coverage,” Young said. “We’ll be digging into some of the most important issues affecting a region that has always been important to me.”
Young, a native of West Virginia, is a public media journalist and environmental communicator whose two-decade career has included work in the Appalachian coalfields, on Capitol Hill and along New England’s coast. Young reported for West Virginia Public Broadcasting before becoming the Washington correspondent for the NPR and Public Radio International program Living on Earth, where he covered energy and environmental issues for a national audience.
His work has been recognized with the Edward R. Murrow Award, and he was a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University in 2012.
Recently, he directed communications for ocean conservation with The Pew Charitable Trusts in New England, working to promote sustainable fishing practices.