Promotion News at PBS NewsHour; Lisa Desjardins Named Political Director

5 promotions in total.

PBS NewsHour announced a flurry of promotions on Tuesday morning — five in total — including Lisa Desjardins as political director, P.J. Tobia and Frank Carlson as producers, Alexis Cox as segment unit producer, and Corinne Segal as a reporter/producer on the arts team.

Desjardins, who joined NewsHour in October of 2014 as a politics reporter and editor, will be covering her fifth presidential election in 2016 as she takes the political director reins. She spent nearly ten years with CNN prior to her stint at PBS, and was a Peabody Award recipient for their coverage of the 2008 election.

“Lisa is a tremendous talent, whose experience covering politics is an asset to the NewsHour every day, whether she is appearing on camera, as she does frequently, or online, in one of her popular articles, or in all of the ways that she works behind the scenes as we plan our coverage,” said Sara Just, PBS NewsHour EP and WETA senior vp.

Check out the four other promotions from the announcement below, after the jump:

Cox, a graduate of College of William and Mary, joined NewsHour in 2000 as a production assistant. She most recently served as a reporter/producer in the segment unit.

Tobia, the host of NewsHour’s latest podcast Shortwave, came to the NewsHour in 2011 and has served as a foreign affairs and defense reporter/producer. Prior to joining NewsHour, Tobia lived and worked in Afghanistan, where he covered both the conflict there and the lives of average Afghans it affected.

Carlson, a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, first joined the NewsHour in 2009 as a desk assistant, and has most recently served as a reporter/producer covering the arts.

Segal, a graduate of Tufts University, joined NewsHour in the summer of 2014 as editor of NewsHour Extra, which provides students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events.