Award Winning Journalist Richard Coolidge Joins PBS NewsHour as Senior Content and Partnerships Producer

April 16, 2015 at 12:53 PM EDT

Washington, D.C. (April 16, 2015) — Emmy award-winning journalist Richard Coolidge, who most recently spent more than two decades at ABC News, will join the PBS NewsHour in the newly created position of Senior Content and Partnerships Producer. In this role as a senior member of NewsHour’s editorial team, Coolidge will manage, plan and produce news and feature content for broadcast, online and social, and coordinate the production of content coming to the NewsHour from PBS stations and NewsHour’s growing list of partners, including The Atlantic, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and New York Times Video.

“Richard’s decades of experience producing news across platforms will serve as a valuable resource as NewsHour grows and expands online, on broadcast and on social,” said NewsHour Executive Producer Sara Just. “One of Richard’s greatest skills is teaching, training and mentoring, a wonderful asset to bring to the NewsHour team.”

Coolidge added, “I am honored and excited to join the PBS NewsHour and look forward to working with the team of this distinguished, venerable news program.”

Coolidge joins NewsHour from ABC News where he produced political, national security and foreign affairs content around the country and around the world, and in recent years, was the creative force behind the design, execution and production of multimedia content. He’s covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and crises in Pakistan, Yemen and Darfur; managed coverage following Hurricane Katrina and the West Virginia coal mine disasters; and produced reports from the presidential campaign trail. Coolidge is the recipient on an Emmy, an Alfred I. duPont, an Edward R. Murrow and two George Foster Peabody awards.

About PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour is seen by more than four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Major corporate funding is provided by BAE Systems, BNSF and Lincoln Financial Group with additional support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, find NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.

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