Alicia Montgomery is joining WAMU to serve as the newsroom’s editorial director. In this role, Montgomery will work on developing strategy for regional news, a widening area of interest for the radio station, which plans to add newsroom staff and resources to coverage and digital efforts there.
Montgomery comes to WAMU from NPR, where she has been supervising senior producer of Code Switch, leading, among other things, the development and launch of the Code Switch podcast, which debuted this spring. Previously, she was senior editor of Tell Me More, the former NPR program hosted by Michel Martin. Montgomery also helped lead NPR’s initiative to improve the diversity–gender, racial, ethnic and geographic–of NPR sources/guests.
“I’m so proud to be joining the WAMU team after enjoying the station as a listener for over 30 years,” said Montgomery, a Washington native, in a statement. “WAMU has a legacy of delivering the best of news and culture reporting to its listeners, and I’m delighted to join the mission of bringing that level of storytelling and journalism to a broader audience in our community.”
Andi McDaniel, WAMU’s senior director of content and news, said in a statement that Montgomery “has a rare combination of authentic leadership, extensive editing and producing experience, passion for public radio, and deep roots in the Washington region,” adding, “We’re confident that under her leadership, WAMU will become an even more vital resource for our region.”