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

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.

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.”

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.

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. 

The landscape is, in many ways, an enigma.  A state that is an acknowledged world leader in digital technologies has some areas where there is virtually no digital access.  The big cities—clustered in four areas—have ample electronic and print news coverage.  But vast areas of rural Washington have very little.

Click on the links above for parts 4-6 of the discussion. (Here are parts 1-3)

In the Kingdom of Men

Jun 21, 2012

In the Kingdom of Men, by Kim Barnes

 

One of the Northwest’s most prominent authors, Kim Barnes, is out with a new novel about power, poverty, oil and oppression.  It’s called In the Kingdom of Men.   Northwest Public Radio's John Paxson has a first look.

Kim Barnes’ new work is a tale of life--and death--in the closed, often claustrophobic compounds of Americans working in the oil fields of Saudi Arabia.  It is also a portrait of a soul in transition.  

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