Team Members

Meet Our Radio Team


Christine Dempsey- Sr. VP of Radio
Christine Dempsey currently oversees the programming and recent launch of WLVR 91.3, the first full-service, NPR news and information radio station serving the Greater Lehigh Valley. She has more than 30 years of professional radio experience, most recently from WABE-Atlanta. She has worked for WHYY, Philadelphia, WDIY in Bethlehem, WNYC in New York City and a variety of other public radio stations while she was an on-air fundraising consultant. Dempsey has been recognized with industry awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Academy of Television Arts and Science, as well as the Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists and the Pennsylvania Associated Press. Most recently, she was awarded the prestigious Peabody and RFK Journalism and Edward R. Murrow awards for the podcast, Buried Truths. In addition, the Hip-Hop podcast Bottom of the Map, which she developed, was accepted as part of PRX’s national Project Catapult series. Christine can be contacted at cdempsey@wlvrnews.org
Jen Rehill- Radio News Director
Jen joined WLVR at its inception in 2019, building the station’s newsroom from the ground up. A veteran journalist, she brings 17 years of media experience at stations including WHYY, WITF and WHP. She did two tours as Pennsylvania State Capitol Bureau Chief for the state’s public radio stations and has worked as a reporter, producer, host and podcaster. Rehill has garnered journalism awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Pennsylvania AP Broadcasters Association, The Society of Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Inc. In her personal life, she is passionate about yoga and dance fitness, and is a proud mom of two teens. Favorite professional highlight: a regional Edward R. Murrow award for a story told on wheels about women’s roller derby. Jen can be contacted at jrehill@wlvrnews.org.
Jonas Bowen- Director of Radio Operations
Jonas Bowen currently serves as WLVR’s Operations Director. He began his career in Broadcasting in Shenandoah Valley at WINC FM, a heritage FM signal expanding into the greater Washington DC area. Jonas’ voice has been heard over the last two decades, on a dozen AM and FM stations in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and eventually Pennsylvania, where Bowen started working as the Audio Engineer for PBS39-WLVT, assisting with live election coverage, live debates and live community conversations. 
Jonas can be contacted at jbowen@wlvrnews.org

Devan Kortan- Audio and Radio Operations Producer
A Sacramento, California native, Devan comes from Capital Public Radio where he held numerous different positions including jazz host, technical director of the podcast California State of Mind, and All Things Considered host. Before that he worked in fundraising for Sacramento public television station  KVIE. Devan is also a professional musician and recently completed a year traveling the world playing guitar on cruise ships. Devan can be contacted at dkortan@wlvrnews.org
Brad Klein- Morning Edition Host
Brad Klein comes to the WLVR News team with more than 25 years of professional experience in radio, podcast and video production. His first job in public radio was on late-night show, Heat with John Hockenberry, which led to production roles in a number of start-ups at NPR, MSNBC and WNYC. Klein also assisted in the creation of NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. He played similar start-up roles for NPR’s Weekly Edition, MSNBC’s Edgewise, Public Radio International’s Satellite Sisters and even as a writer on one of the early pilot episodes of the comedic news show, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. Klein has also worked as a reporter, producer, and director for National Public Radio News programs including Weekend Edition and All Things Considered. Brad can be contacted at bklein@wlvrnews.org
Tyler Pratt- Criminal Justice Reporter
Tyler Pratt is WLVR’s afternoon news anchor and reporter covering criminal justice and breaking news. He’s spent nearly a decade making audio stories at public radio stations across the U.S. including KUT & KUTX in Austin; WNYC in New York; KCBX in San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and the Southern Foodways Alliance podcast, Gravy. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Tyler’s a New Orleans Saints football fan who hails from West Texas. He loves barbecue, traveling, trying new wines, a good dance party and is currently seeking recommendations for the best taco joints in the Lehigh Valley. He lives in Easton with his Chihuahua-Terrier rescue, Tater. He can be contacted at tpratt@WLVRNews.org.
Genesis Ortega- Politics Reporter
Genesis Ortega is WLVR’s regional affairs and politics reporter, and covers the Latino community. When she is not on the air, she is in front of the camera, having served as the host on PBS39 for Latino-focused health show A Su Salud and as co-host for Es Tiempo. In 2019 she was named Hispanic Businessperson of the Year during the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards. She also serves as a board member of the Fé Foundation program. Prior to joining Lehigh Valley Public Media, she worked in U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent’s office. In her spare time, Ortega enjoys long-distance running and painting. She can be contacted at genesiso@wlvt.org.
Brittany Sweeney- Health Care Reporter
Brittany Sweeney, a 2020 Emmy Award Winner for Video Journalist, is passionate about telling compelling stories in her home state of Pennsylvania. Prior to her role as health reporter with WLVR and PBS39, Sweeney graduated from Temple University and spent most of her career working as an anchor and reporter for NBC affiliates in northeastern Pennsylvania and Ohio. When she’s not covering news around the Lehigh Valley, Sweeney can be found adventuring with her two children, Max and Maci. She can be contacted at brittanys@wlvt.org.
Chloe Nouvelle- Education Reporter
Chloe is WLVR’s education reporter. Her coverage focuses on the myriad of ways policy decisions affect students, teachers, and families. Her reporting also highlights how public schools are not isolated from the social and economic issues that challenge a community. Prior to joining the PBS39 and the WLVR News team, Nouvelle worked at NBC News in New York. As a member of the network’s foreign unit, she contributed to NBC News’ chronicling of the war in Syria, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and the refugee crisis in Europe. Nouvelle was part of the network’s team honored with a Peabody Award in 2014. She is also the recipient of six Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award nominations. She resides in Lehigh County with her rescue hound, Ruckus. You can contact her at chloen@wlvt.org.
Hayden Mitman- Reporter
Hayden Mitman was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley. He’s a graduate of William Allen High School in Allentown and Moravian College in Bethlehem. He joined PBS39 in 2018 and has 15 years of experience as a reporter working in television, radio and newspapers. He’s a general assignment reporter, covering anything and everything in and around the Lehigh Valley. He’s also an avid fan of local sports, sci-fi movies, comic books and video games. But his favorite pastime is being a dad and spending time with his family. Contact him at haydenm@wlvt.org.
Megan Frank- Science, Technology and Environment Reporter
Megan Frank is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated multimedia reporter. She covers technology, science and the environment for WLVR. Megan has worked on a variety of projects at PBS39, including the award-winning weekly news program PBS39 News Tonight, the digital literacy series Tech Takeover, the documentary Food Waste in the Valley, and Stop The Violence, an award-winning series about teen violence and gang recruitment. Recently, she wrote and produced the short film, The Future Is Female: Women, Space and NASA, which focused on the role women play in America’s space program. A native Philadelphian, Megan kicked off her career as an intern and freelancer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. She has worked at WHYY in Philadelphia and WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pa. She’s a fan of black coffee and beatnik poetry. In her spare time, you can find her working in her garden or playing tug of war with her super mutt, Rocky. Send her story ideas at meganf@wlvt.org.

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