Orlando Montoya is the Savannah-based news producer for Georgia Public Broadcasting. His reports can be heard across the state on GPB’s 16-station state-wide radio network and locally on WSVH 91.1 FM in Savannah and WWIO 88.9 FM in Brunswick. His beat is the entire Georgia coast, from Savannah to St. Mary’s, and includes such diverse issues as tropical storms, troop deployments, the environment, political scandals, education, art, music, history and culture. He is “the voice of the coast” for public radio listeners across the state and nation. A native Floridian, he made his radio debut at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, where he graduated with a degree in Radio-Television in 1997. At the college’s WUCF 89.9 FM, he served as News Director and Music Host. He moved to Savannah to work for GPB in 1998 and since then, his reporting has been recognized on many occasions by the Georgia Associated Press Broadcast Association. Orlando also is a licensed tour guide in the City of Savannah. An avid music fan, he has published a weekly music chart since 1992.
Award-winning journalist Rickey Bevington is GPB’s Senior News Editor. Rickey is also in her second season with GPB-TV’s Georgia Traveler, bringing you up close and personal with Georgia’s Civil War sites. Rickey has also appeared on the PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, Marketplace, The Takeaway, and in Fodor’s travel guides. She has won numerous journalism awards, including a GABBY award for her coverage of Georgia music. Rickey received an Emmy nomination for her work on a biography of Flannery O'Connor. Rickey attended the Putney School in Vermont, Barnard College in New York City. Before joining GPB, Rickey worked at Showtime Networks, WFSB-TV (CBS) and WNPR Connecticut Public Radio in Hartford.
Edgar Treiguts wakes you up every morning as GPB's statewide Morning Edition host. Born in suburban Chicago, Edgar graduated with a degree in music from Northwestern University. Prior to joining GPB, he worked at three different Atlanta radio stations over the years, including WSB. His radio experience includes extensive work in the sports realm, serving roles as host and reporter for Atlanta teams' network broadcasts. Along with his work on GPB's Morning Edition, Edgar can also be heard during GPB's afternoon newscasts and Georgia Gazette.
Josephine Bennett was born in New York City and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended college at Brigham Young University, majoring in Journalism. After college she landed her first broadcasting job with KDYL Newsradio 1280 in Salt Lake City. She went on to produce an award-winning talk show for KSL Television, television documentaries, and corporate training films. In 1991 she moved to Macon, Georgia with her family, working as a freelance writer for Nickelodeon and TV Land. She came to Georgia Public Broadcasting in 2006 and loves being back in radio.
Melissa Stiers joined GPB’s radio news team as an intern in Summer 2007. She continues as a producer for Morning Edition and the Georgia Gazette and a free-lance reporter. She was an educator for immigrant communities, teaching English as a Second Language, before receiving her Masters in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. Melissa also brings a background in the literary and performing arts. She is a flamenco dancer and published poet.
Myriam Levy Farrero has been a part of GPB since 2006, as a producer for Georgia Gazette and Morning Edition. She was born in Munich, Germany grew up in the United States and lived in Israel for many years. She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jersualem with a major in fine arts. She has worked as a translator for a Middle East media think tank in Jerusalem and has taught Hebrew, English and German as a second language in the United States and abroad. She first discovered her love for radio at Brandeis University. Myriam brings with her a background in the Performing Arts. She performed in the Decatur Arts Festival in 2008 and 2009.
Noel Brown is a producer and engineer for WACG 90.7 FM in Augusta. Over the past four years he has contributed numerous special interest and music features to Georgia Gazette, including one about the Lewis Family bluegrass band. He covered James Brown's funeral service for NPR and has done production work for News and Notes and All Things Considered. Noel is also a musician and music producer, playing and recording with his band The Cubists. He is anxiously awaiting the birth of his first daughter Eden.
Amanda graduated from Brenau University with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in radio and television broadcasting in May 2005. She worked in community radio for three years before becoming part of the GPB Radio family as an intern for Radio in the fall of 2005. She began her broadcasting career in college radio at Brenau University as the host of "The World Wind Wind Up," a world music show as DJ Ms.Unique and as student promotions director. She has also used her talents in broadcasting as a freelance production assistant for radio and film.
Carl Zornes is currently part of GPB's New Media team, working in conjunction with GPB radio and Georgia Gazette. He started in October 2008 producing and reporting, and he covered the 2009 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Originally from Chalmette, Louisiana (just outside of New Orleans), Carl made the Atlanta area his new home after Hurricane Katrina had plans of her own... Once here, Carl continued school at Kennesaw State University and graduated summa cum laude in July 2008. He has a wide variety of interests, including: technology (Macs, PCs, the iPhone, Internet, etc.), music (Alanis Morissette rocks!) and football (Go Saints!). Carl is happily married and has two beautiful daughters.
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