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Former Marketplace Chief Named General Manager Of WAMU 88.5

J.J. Yore to direct leading public radio station to next level

J.J. Yore
WAMU 88.5 General Manager J.J. Yore

May 21, 2014

J.J. Yore, a veteran content producer and public radio executive who helped build the nationally syndicated Marketplace into one of public radio’s most popular programs, will join WAMU 88.5 as General Manager on August 1.

Ranked consistently as one of the top stations in the Washington region and one of the top public radio stations in the country, WAMU 88.5 manages seven radio stations, seven websites and four internet streams. Yore’s multi-platform experience with a national public media organization was a key factor during the selection process.

“We are pleased to have J.J.’s programming creativity, broadcasting knowledge and ability to attract top talent to help WAMU continue its trajectory of impressive success,” said David Taylor, Chief of Staff of the American University President and to whom the station reports. “The past decade has been one of tremendous achievement for WAMU, and now operating from its new broadcast center, we are excited about our future potential.”

In fall 2013, WAMU began full operation from its new home at 4401 Connecticut Ave., in 48,000 square feet of space. 

"WAMU is a great media organization in the most powerful city in the world," Yore said. "I’m delighted to be coming home to Washington to work with a talented staff that is poised to reach new levels of impact at a time when the kind of thoughtful, civil discourse represented by Diane Rehm, Kojo Nnamdi and the WAMU news team is more important than ever."

Yore served as general manager of the Marketplace portfolio, which also includes Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money. He managed the $18 million business, including expanding underwriting revenues from $2 million to $10 million and securing $13 million in philanthropic gifts. A co-creator, producer and editor of Marketplace, Yore was a catalyst for the program’s growth from a single half-hour program with 600,000 listeners to a major news brand staffed by more than 60 journalists delivering multiple programs and digital news content to an audience of more than 10 million. He has worked closely with public radio stations WGBH-Boston, OPB-Oregon, WHYY-Philadelphia, and WLRN-Miami, as well as The New York Times, Frontline, the BBC and ProPublica. Most recently, Yore has been a public media consultant. 

Yore returns to the D.C. region, having grown up in Northern Virginia and attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. Yore started his career working for The Washington Weekly and serving as editor and assistant publisher of the public media-focused Current newspaper. (Current is now published by American University’s School of Communication.)

Yore holds a B.A. in international political economy from Fordham University, and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Awards Yore’s programs have won include a Peabody Award, DuPont-Columbia Award, and Gerald Loeb Award. 

"WAMU is an important part of American University's mission of education and service both locally and nationally," said American University President Neil Kerwin. "We welcome J.J. Yore and look forward to strengthening and extending that outreach to all of the station's audiences." 

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