IMG_1817Ross Chambless, Producer, Host

Even as a kid, Ross Chambless was drawn to journalism and creative storytelling. When he wasn’t making his LEGO men reenact Civil War battles on the living room floor, he was cutting out and gluing newspaper mugshots into his own news magazine with crayon-drawn headlines. A Salt Lake City native, Ross grew up in an academic family with a healthy curiosity for ideas, different cultures, and the natural world. He went on to study Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin (2001), earn a Master’s degree in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah (2011) and teach English in Japan for four years where he learned the language, met his wife and traveled much of Asia. He has long been fascinated by the creative potential of long-form radio journalism, and several of his radio documentaries have been awarded First Place by the Utah Society for Professional Journalists. Ross produces the weekly programs The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour, Both Sides of the Aisle, and The Bottom Line.  He also enjoys working on collaborative projects for KCPW including UPR’s The Source, The Daily Buzz from the Sundance Film Festival, and occasional science features, such as PRX’s STEM story project.  You can reach him at rchambless@kcpw.org.

Lauren Colucci, General Manager

Before joining KCPW, Lauren worked on communication campaigns and websites, designed institutional and financial assessments, and carried out research and documentation for organizations on both coasts, in the south, and in South America on issues ranging from the arts to conservation to diplomacy. After a stint at Rutgers University, Lauren first landed in Salt Lake to attend the University of Utah and study journalism. She holds a B.S. in Mass Communication. Passionate about long-form and local reporting, Lauren is glad to be contributing to an organization that preserves independent voices and promotes public dialogue and understanding. E-mail her in English or Spanish at lcolucci@kcpw.org.

Jesse Ellis, Operations and Program Director

Jesse is currently the Operations Director at KCPW. This Louisiana native moved west to attend the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, AZ. After graduation, he took a position in a high-end recording studio in Los Angeles and has been recording in and out of the studio ever since then. Now that Jesse has moved to Salt Lake, in addition to KCPW,  he has been working with several local bands, as well as playing in a few. Jesse has been with KCPW since 2007. You can e-mail him at jellis@kcpw.org.

Roger McDonough, Producer, News Host

Roger was born and raised in Salt Lake City, but has lived in Argentina, Bolivia, Virginia, New Jersey and Southern California. He has an M.A. in Public Policy and Development Management from Georgetown University, a parallel degree from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina), and a B.A. in English from the University of Utah. A practiced freelance print and radio journalist, Roger provides local news weekday mornings and hosts Behind the Headlines. He previously contributed to KCPW with an award-winning local history segment that was developed in partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Library, where he worked for nine years. Roger says he is drawn to public radio because he’s an auditory learner, and calls radio “the best medium in the world.” E-mail him in English or Spanish at rmcdonough@kcpw.org.

Emily Means, Producer

Emily started college with plans to be a doctor, but an ill-fated organic chemistry class and a successful classic rock show on K-UTE Radio changed her path for the better. A Salt Lake City transplant from Layton, before joining KCPW, Emily produced the daily news program Trib Talk at The Salt Lake Tribune and covered music and art for the features desk. Most recently, she produced RadioActive, KRCL’s nightly current affairs program, addressing topics ranging from homelessness to tomato gardens. She covered the 2017 legislative session for KCPW and has been producing Behind the Headlines since 2015. Emily holds a B.A. in communication from the University of Utah, speaks un po d’italiano and loves to talk politics, podcasts and locally roasted coffee. emeans@kcpw.org.

Maureen O’Malley Kirschner, Membership Coordinator

This Chicagoland native has a B.A. in Communication from Saint Louis University. She has worked in nonprofits and higher education since college, both in Salt Lake City and Boston. A self-professed public radio and podcast nerd, she has always had a love for storytelling and current events. When she’s not at the station, you’ll find her curled up with a good book or out enjoying Salt Lake City with all it has to offer. Maureen is excited to be contributing the preservation and growth of public dialouge on KCPW. You can e-mail her at mokirschner@kcpw.org.

Annette Swan, Underwriting and Sponsorship Director

Annette came to KCPW with 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, where she enjoyed working with organizations on branding, communications, sales, and event management. An outgoing “people person,” Annette thrives on fostering the passions of her friends and colleagues. She was born in Salt Lake City, but has lived in Australia, Ecuador, Hawaii, Phoenix and Los Angeles. She loves the world of public radio and the role it plays in building ties within the community of listeners, local businesses and the organizations it serves. As Director of Underwriting and Sponsorship, she looks forward to connecting with you to help bring exposure to your company or group, while supporting KCPW Public Radio. Contact Annette at aswan@kcpw.org or or 801-359-5279 extension 229.

Steve Williams, Jazz Host

Steve has a lifelong love of jazz. His father was a horn player in New York, performing with American jazz legends Charlie Parker, Gene Krupa and Joe Venuti, among others. A 35-year veteran of public radio, Williams is a champion of the local jazz scene and a legend in his own right – having interviewed the likes of Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and Lionel Hampton, and emceeing jazz festivals around the United States. Starting October 18, 2015, tune in every Sunday evening from 6pm to 10pm for Jazz Time with Steve Williams. The program will predominantly focus on music but will also include interviews, live performances, history, and a local jazz and musical calendar of events. You can e-mail him at swilliams@kcpw.org.