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Montana Public Radio Hires Health Reporter As News Director

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Eric Whitney, a radio reporter covering health issues for NPR and Kaiser Health News, will join Montana Public Radio as News Director on September 1st. Whitney replaces Sally Mauk who retired in May.

MTPR General Manager William Marcus says the station’s search committee was pleased with the number of highly qualified applicants for the 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 free-lance 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 dialog around the issues that matter to our listeners,” he said.

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