Susan Davis has been named as the executive producer of GPB Radio’s popular daily talk show On Second Thought. The announcement follows the selection of Virginia Prescott as the show’s new host beginning this May.
Davis has an extensive background as a broadcast and print journalist, as well as a book author and editor. She comes to GPB from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she’s had a consulting business specializing in radio documentaries work, along with podcast development, and host training. In addition, she taught podcasting and storytelling at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, as a visiting professor.
Her experience in public radio includes serving as the senior supervising producer for North Carolina Public Radio’s daily live talk show, The State of Things, and as associate producer for NPR’s Talk of the Nation.
Additionally, Davis worked as a columnist for the News & Observer Newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina and as an assistant editor for Poets & Writers Magazine and Art in America Magazine. She authored the book Gathering Sound, a collection of poems, and co-edited Searching for Mary Poppins: Women Writers on the Intense Relationship Between Mothers and Nannies.
“Susan brings such a diverse set of experiences,” said Tanya Ott, Vice President of Radio and News Content at GPB. “She’s steeped in hard-hitting journalism and literature, a combination not usually found together.”
Davis earned an M.F.A in poetry from the University of Houston. She has won numerous awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Broadcast News Award, The American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Award and honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.
“I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of the reboot of On Second Thought at GPB,” said Davis. “It’s an exciting proposition — creating a smart, engaging, entertaining show about the South — and a talented staff. I can’t wait to get started in Atlanta.”
Former On Second Thought host and executive producer Celeste Headlee departed in February to expand her career as a successful speaker and author.
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