PBS NewsHour Names Lisa Desjardins Political Director; Total of Five Promotions

WASHINGTON, DC (July 7, 2015) – The PBS NewsHour is excited to announce the promotion of several staff members, 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.

“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 executive producer and WETA senior vice president.

Just added, “As we grow and expand the NewsHour, both on air and online, we are asking for more from our hard working staff and they are delivering with creativity, energy, and insight. These promotions are well deserved and demonstrate the high quality of work they are consistently bringing to our audiences.”

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.

Desjardins joined NewsHour in October of 2014 as politics reporter and editor and regularly reports on broadcast and online both in-studio and from the U.S. Capitol. The 2016 election will be her fifth time reporting on a Presidential campaign. Prior to joining NewsHour, Desjardins spent nearly ten years with CNN and early in her career at WIS-TV in South Carolina, she broke news of the compromise to bring down the Confederate flag from the dome. Desjardins is the recipient of a Peabody Award for CNN’s coverage of the 2008 election and a Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for national breaking news for coverage of the Haiti earthquake.

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