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Media Note: VPR Hires New CEO


  • Courtesy West Virginia Public Broadcasting
  • Scott Finn
Vermont Public Radio named a new chief executive Thursday. Scott Finn, who is currently chief executive officer and executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, will replace Robin Turnau as VPR's president and CEO.

Turnau announced in August that she would step down after a 29-year career at VPR and nine years at the organization's helm. Her tenure was marked by expansion of VPR's revenues and programming, including the establishment of a statewide network devoted to classical music and a $10 million capital campaign that funded, among other things, a new headquarters in Colchester.

The 46-year-old Finn was selected after a lengthy national search. In a VPR press release, Peggy Williams, chair of the VPR board, called him "a forward-thinking and experienced leader" with "extensive experience in public media."

Finn comes from a background in journalism, both print and public media, before moving into management. He spent the past five years at WVPB, where he oversaw an expansion of operations despite significant reductions in state funding, which once accounted for nearly half of the service's revenue.

Finn is scheduled to join VPR on May 7. Turnau will stay on until early May.

Correction, March 22, 2018: An earlier version of this story misstated Turnau's departure date.