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.