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Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 8:00pm

GPB Radio Hires New Bureau Chief

GPB Radio is expanding its news coverage
across the state with the hiring of a new bureau chief at Augusta
station WACG 90.7. Mary Ellen Cheatham comes to GPB from Alabama Public
Television in Montgomery, where she served as a producer for a nightly
newsmagazine show.

In addition to her experience at Alabama Public Television,
Cheatham has an extensive background in commercial broadcasting and
print journalism. Cheatham produced television, radio and newspaper
stories on politics and social issues for Medill News Service in
Washington, D.C. While working for the organization, she also reported
for WDAY-TV in Fargo, North Dakota; KNOE-TV in Monroe, Louisiana and
WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin. As a correspondent for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee, Cheatham covered stories on government, courts, crime and features in southwest Tennessee.

"GPB Radio has a reputation for journalistic excellence, and I
look forward to being a part of the team as the network continues to
expand its bureau operations across the state," says Cheatham. "I'm
excited about getting to know people in the Augusta area and sharing
information with our listeners in the community and throughout

Cheatham has received numerous awards in recognition of her
work, including
Green Eyeshade First and Second Place Feature Reporting Awards from the
Society of Professional Journalists in 2002 and 2003. In 2001, she
received an Emmy nomination from the National Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences, Nashville Midsouth Chapter. She also received the
prestigious Alabama Excellence in Journalism Award from Troy State
University in 2000 and 2003.

Cheatham received her master's degree from Northwestern
University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois and an
undergraduate degree in communications from Freed-Hardeman University
in Henderson, Tennessee.

"We are pleased to have Mary Ellen Cheatham join Georgia Public
Broadcasting," says GPB Executive Director Nancy Hall. "She is an
exceptional journalist, and we look forward to sharing her reports from
the Augusta and Savannah River area, which is so important to the
health and economy of the state, with the rest of Georgia."

For the latest news from GPB Radio, tune in to one of its 16
stations across the state or visit the Georgia Public Broadcasting web
site at and click on the "Georgia News" icon.

You'll find morning and afternoon news headlines, as well as
stories from GPB Radio reporters. You can also listen to a daily GPB
Radio news podcast.

Georgia Public Broadcasting is Television, Radio and Education:
your PBS station serving all of Georgia; your source for great music
and NPR news; and Georgia's source for top-quality multiple media
educational products and services.

Listen to Georgia Public Broadcasting on these 16
stations: Albany - 91.7 FM, Athens - 91.7 FM, Augusta - 90.7 FM,
Brunswick - 88.9 FM, Carrollton - 90.7 FM, Columbus - 88.1 FM,
Dahlonega - 89.5 FM, Demorest - 88.3 FM, Fort Gaines - 90.9 FM, Macon -
89.7 FM, Savannah - 91.1 FM, Rome - 97.7 FM, St. Marys - 1190 AM,
Tifton - 91.1 FM, Valdosta - 91.7 FM, Waycross - 90.1 FM.