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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Mariella Miller – Digital Content Editor
Mariella Miller joined Lehigh Valley Public Media’s news department as its assignment editor in 2018 after working in journalism for more than 30 years. As a grammar nerd, she now produces and edits stories for WLVR’s digital site and helps reporters shape their stories. Miller has been named a National Press Foundation fellow three times for her work in print journalism. Her work has also been recognized by the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association and with several Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. During her 27 years at The Morning Call in Allentown, Miller worked business, features and municipal beats. She has taught college journalism throughout the Lehigh Valley and managed a local digital news platform for AOL/Patch for several years. She graduated from Marywood University and has discovered that grandchildren are life’s best gift.
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