John Paxson

News Director

John Paxson is the news director for Murrow Public Media and Northwest Public Radio and Television. John’s job entails producing The Murrow Interviews and overseeing the news operations of the radio and television systems.  He is working to increase the amount of regional news and current affairs coverage on NWPR and is also developing a training program for young radio journalists.

John was born and raised in Montana, and graduated from University of Montana in Missoula with a degree in journalism. He inherited his interest in journalism from his parents who had a strong interest in current affairs. In college he wrote for the student newspaper and later worked as a disk jockey at a local radio station. He says those early experiences led him to believe it was a natural fit to become a journalist.

John received three Emmy awards for coverage of the death and funeral of Princess Diana and a regional Edward R. Murrow award for coverage of the recession in Arizona. Prior to his move to NWPR, he had worked as a correspondent for the Voice of America and spent 25 years with CBS News, most recently serving as the CBS London bureau chief.

Outside of his job John enjoys traveling the back roads of the West and writing novels, with three so far published. John is married to Lucrezia Cuen, a former correspondent for ABC News. They live in Moscow.


Ways to Connect

With upwards of one million books published each year in the U.S., it can be difficult even for bibliophiles to know the good reads.  So this year, we asked our erudite colleagues at 

Northwest Public Radio for their suggestions. Check out their top 10 (in no particular order):


At least a thousand people have fled their homes as a fast-growing wildfire burns in central Washington.

Washington State University

Elson Floyd, the president of Washington State University, died early Saturday in Pullman. He was 59 and had served as WSU president for eight years.

Three people were killed and one wounded in a series of shootings Saturday afternoon in Moscow, Idaho. 

Police identified the suspected shooter as John Lee, 29, of Moscow.  He was captured after a high-speed chase and crash on Highway 195 north of Colfax.  He is being held in the Whitman County jail.

Sueann Ramella

Before you read this, Sueann wants you to listen to this:

That's how she wants to be remembered. Rapping awkwardly and hitting her head against the mic.

But here's how we'll remember her.

After almost 15 years on the air, Sueann Ramella is stepping away from the mic - temporarily, to spend more time with her young family. While you won't be hearing her, you will still be able to enjoy her subtle style and mischievous wit as she continues to help guide our social media platforms.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

  A student gunman opened fire in a high school in Marysville, north of Seattle, this morning, killing one student and injuring at least four others--three of them critically--before killing himself. Police say the dead student was a female.


Witnesses say the gunman, who has not been officially identified, opened fire in the Marysville-Pilchuck high school cafeteria shortly after 10:30 this morning.

News Nuggets: Froufrou

May 5, 2014

Language is a slippery thing.  Just when you think you have it pretty much in hand, it slithers away.   

At least it has been that way for more than 200 years.


At least it has been that way for over 200 years.

For a very long time language purists have insisted on using more than rather than over when referring to quantity. 

Fussy news editor: More than 20 people were arrested.

The hoi polloi: Over 20 people were arrested.

He, She or...Ze?

Jan 8, 2014

Most people speaking the English language as recently at 1980 had no notion of what lay in store for the daily vernacular.  With the digital age came swarms of neologisms: bytes, bauds, dongles, exbibytes, favicons, greps, memes….whole herds and flocks of new words and usages thundering into our peaceful linguascape.

Stay tuned.  There are more on the way.  And the driver this time is not digital but sexual.  The latest changelings are pronouns.

From the Associated Press: Nov. 30, 2013 (and picked up by newspapers around the world):

I-5 Bridge Collapse

May 23, 2013

 The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon north of Seattle collapsed late Thursday, throwing several cars and drivers into the water, and closing a key West Coast highway.

Photo courtesy Spokesman-Review

This is Front Page, our new segment featuring conversations with journalists taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. Today we’re visiting with the Spokesman Review. Here’s our news director John Paxson.