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.



Sueann's Farewell
6:51 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Sueann Ramella Steps Away From The Morning Edition Chair

Sueann Ramella with her daughter Coco and son Ari.
Credit 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.

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Marysville Shooting
3:25 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Two Dead, Four Injured, In Marysville High School Shooting

Parents and students move under police tape at a church where students were taken following the shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School.
Credit 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.

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News Nuggest
12:11 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

News Nuggets: Froufrou

John Paxson, News Director

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.

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News Nuggets by John Paxson
10:45 am
Wed January 8, 2014

He, She or...Ze?

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):

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I-5 Bridge Collapse
8:50 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

I-5 Bridge Collapse

I-5 Bridge over Washington's Skagit River collapsed Thursday night.
Credit WSDOT

 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.

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Front Page
6:17 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Front Page: National Debate, Northwest Issues

Spokesman-Review editor Gary Graham.
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.

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Front Page
6:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Front Page: Logging And Literature In Forks

A timber museum in Forks, Washington.
Photo by Konrad Roeder Wikimedia Commons

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 way out west, western Washington that is, where the twilight is unusual. The town of Forks. Here’s our news director John Paxson.

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Front Page
6:21 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Front Page: Signs of the Times

A dynamic display sign outside Tri-State in Moscow, Idaho.
Photo by David Johnson Lewiston Tribune

As we continue to expand our regional news coverage here on Northwest Public Radio, we are pleased to offer a new segment. In conversations with editors, reporters and others covering the news, we’ll be taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. We call it Front Page. Here’s our news director John Paxson with this week’s featured publication, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

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From Murrow College
1:24 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Arab Impressions Of America

This past summer, 20 Arab journalism students studied mass media at WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. The students - who were funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs - spent six weeks in the U.S.  Their intinerary included trips around the Pacific Northwest, California’s Silicon Valley, and news outlets in Washington, D.C.

These radio essays provide personal insights into America’s image and influence on the Arab world. Students were asked to write essays with a simple headline: “This is America.”

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From Murrow College
9:13 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

The Murrow FCC Rural Information Initiative

The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University recently was host to a special day-long discussion of the information landscape in Washington with a particular emphasis on the information needs of the rural population.

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