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KUER Welcomes New Politics Reporter And Director Of Audience Development

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KUER NPR Utah welcomes politics reporter, new role for producer

Emily Means will become one half of KUER News' political team, joining reporter Sonja Hutson during an important election cycle. Means joins the station from KPCW in Park City, where she worked as a municipal reporter while also serving as a weekend host at KUER. Also, KUER’s Tricia Bobeda has been named the station’s director of audience development. In this new leadership role, Bobeda will oversee digital and audience engagement strategy while serving as project manager of special initiatives. She was previously the station’s manager of podcasts and oversaw the launch and production of Preach.

“We are excited that KUER listeners will hear even more from Emily and Tricia,” said KUER station manager Joel Meyer. “With Utahns facing unprecedented challenges, KUER is committed to vital, fact-based reporting and to serving our audience across myriad platforms.”

  Means has worked at public radio stations around the Wasatch Front. In addition to her role at KPCW, she served as a producer and host at KCPW and as an associate producer on the KRCL program RadioActive.

“The KUER newsroom is hungry to tell good stories,” said KUER news director Elaine Clark. “Emily is a go-getter who will be a terrific addition to the team. She’s slogged through the Utah legislative session, moderated candidate debates and reported on city politics. Moreover, she’s done this with an eye to telling the stories of the people affected by the laws and decisions she has reported on.”

Means is stepping into the political reporter position vacated by Nicole Nixon, who now works for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, California. 

Headshot photo of Tricia Bobeda.
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Tricia Bobeda, Director of Audience Development

Bobeda is a veteran digital journalist who joined the station in 2019 to launch and produce the podcast Preach, which will end this month with the departure of host Lee Hale to NPR. Prior to KUER, Bobeda worked at WBEZ in Chicago as senior editor of multiplatform news and led the station’s daily news operation across broadcast and digital platforms. She was also co-creator and co-host of the podcast Nerdette. Prior to that, she was a reporter and producer for the Lansing State Journal, her hometown paper.

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