Episode 11: Neenah Ellis and Luke Dennis of WYSO

Luke Dennis, who has a background in arts and music administration, is WYSO’s General Manager. Neenah Ellis, who was Luke’s predecessor in that role, is a multi-award-winning radio documentary maker of several decades standing. Amongst other subjects, they talk about the value of local reporting, about a project specifically designed to support that which is called Report for America, and about the COVID-19 pandemic.

This episode features Neenah Ellis and Luke Dennis of WYSO - https://www.wyso.org - which is the Greater Dayton area’s only NPR News station. Luke Dennis, who has a background in arts and music administration, is WYSO’s General Manager. Neenah Ellis, who was Luke’s predecessor in that role, is a multi-award-winning radio documentary maker of several decades standing. She is also the President of Miami Valley Public Media - the recently formed community owned non-profit organization behind WYSO. Amongst other subjects, they talk about the value of local reporting, about a project specifically designed to support that which is called Report for America, and about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ellis and Dennis are interviewed by folklorist and radio producer Rachel Hopkin

The interview was recorded on May 12, 2020.

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