Veteran Journalist to Lead Great Lakes Radio Initiative

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April 29, 2016 (Cleveland, OH) –  WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto, a binational public media organization, announced the addition of Dave Rosenthal as Managing Editor of the Great Lakes Regional Journalism Collaborative (RJC). As Managing Editor of the RJC, Rosenthal will lead the multi-media, multi station reporting initiative that is partially funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Rosenthal is the latest hire in recent months and brings to the project a vast and diverse amount of journalistic experience. He joins the Great Lakes RJC from The Baltimore Sun where he was Senior Editor of Investigations and Enterprise.  As a newsroom leader at The Baltimore Sun, Rosenthal led an investigative team in watchdog reporting. Some of his most notable work includes coverage of the death of Freddie Gray and other police brutality issues.  His work extended well beyond print, including collaborations with the podcast Serial, CNN and other media partners.

Rosenthal will be based at WBFO-FM 88.7, the lead station in Buffalo, N.Y. and will be responsible for synchronizing and monitoring the day-to-day work of the reporters. The Great Lakes RJC will focus on the health and economic importance of the region’s freshwater resource. The project will support original, in-depth reporting across multiple platforms though a partnership led by WNED | WBFO with WXXI, Rochester and ideastream, Cleveland. A radio news reporter will be housed at each of the three stations. In addition, the project will reach out to other public radio stations in the Great Lakes region to broadcast and create reporting for the collaborative.

“We are excited to welcome Dave to our team,” said Donald K. Boswell, President and CEO of WNED | WBFO.  “His impressive background will lead the Great Lakes RJC in engaging audiences and communities through radio reporting and digital platforms.”

While at The Baltimore Sun, Rosenthal’s award-winning work had a strong digital focus including coordination of video, interactive graphics and a social media team for multi-platform storytelling. 


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