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WAMU General Manager Caryn Mathes To Resign

Caryn Mathes
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Caryn Mathes

Caryn Mathes, general manager of WAMU 88.5, will leave her current position at the end of the year to be the general manager of KUOW and President of Puget Sound Public Radio in Seattle. 

Caryn has led the station since joining in 2005. She's overseen growth of news coverage and original programming, as well as the expansion to new stations and Internet streams.

WAMU has grown into a $22 million operation from $9 million in 2005 when Mathes joined the station. The station's contributor base has increased 58 percent to 56,000 members. Mathes worked closely with American University colleagues to acquire and renovate WAMU's new media center and headquarters at 4401 Connecticut Ave., which became fully operational in September. 

"I have enjoyed working closely with Caryn for almost nine years as she helped to build WAMU into the thriving and dynamic public media organization it is today," said David Taylor, chief of staff for Neil Kerwin, president of American University. "We are proud of Caryn's considerable accomplishments and wish her well."

American University will launch a national search for a new general manager.

Cary Needham, senior director of business operations for WAMU, will be the interim general manager when Mathes leaves. Needham has been with WAMU for 11 years and has a Master of Business Administration from American University. 

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