87Ed Sweeney, Esq., Former President and CEO

Involved with KCPW since it went on the air in 1993, Ed Sweeney, stepped down as president July 12, 2014. Seven years ago, with the help of the community, Ed founded Wasatch Public Media and helped lead the charge to preserve KCPW as a public radio station. He later helmed the organization while it bore the brunt of a difficult recession. Ed has been an active member of the Utah State Bar for 32 years. He practiced law for ten years prior to joining Westminster College of Salt Lake City as General Counsel and Vice President of Development. He has worked as an executive in a national fund-raising consulting firm as well as founding his own Utah based fund-raising firm in 1993. Ed graduated from Westminster with a B.A. in Behavioral Science and received his J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Tyler Ford, General Manager

Tyler’s prior work experience includes managing databases for the Sundance Film Festival as well as acting as a stage manager for the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Twilight Concert Series and Living Traditions Festival. Tyler’s hair is incredibly long, and his mother once mistook him for a vagrant. Tyler has played in local bands since 2003 and received a B.A. in Film Theory and Criticism from the University of Utah. Tyler has been a KCPW listener since 2004. Email him about Underwriting opportunities or anything and everything KCPW at tford@kcpw.org.

Lauren Colucci, Interim Station 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. Email her in English or Spanish at lcolucci@kcpw.org.

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Shelley Carpenter, Development Director

Secretary for the Friends of KCPW since 2009, Shelley remains honored to serve as the station’s Development Director.  Shelley has a background in technical theater and management, an A.S. from SLCC and is currently pursuing a degree in Economics  at the University of Utah. She is committed to contributing to this community by strengthening the stations’ current relationships and seeking out new ways to reach people. Shelley really does believe that public radio listeners are “clever and good-looking”. You can e-mail her at scarpenter@kcpw.org.

Ross 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 now enjoys producing The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour, The Bottom Line, and the occasional feature story for KCPW.

Ryan Cunningham, Reporter, Social Media Manager

Ryan Cunningham started reporting for KCPW in 2013. Previously, Ryan worked for Utah Public Radio based out of Logan. In 2012, he earned his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Utah State University, emphasizing journalism, English, and Dutch language and culture in his coursework. Ryan is originally from Valparaiso, Indiana, a small town one hour southeast of Chicago. He enjoys the storytelling potential of public radio reporting and believes public radio can be a great way to engage listeners in essential issues. Email him at rcunningham@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.

Roger McDonough, News Director, Host

Roger McDonough was born and raised in Salt Lake City, but has lived in Argentina, Bolivia, Virginia, New Jersey and Southern California. He holds 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 joined our news team after several years in the nonprofit world. 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.” He is currently the host of KCPW’s daily news show, The Rundown.  Email him in English or Spanish at rmcdonough@kcpw.org.