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Matthew Rand Joins WOSU 89.7 NPR News as Reporter

COLUMBUS, OHIO, OCTOBER 11, 2021 – WOSU Public Media has hired Matthew Rand as a full-time newsroom reporter for 89.7 NPR News. Rand served as an interim producer during the pandemic for WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher.

Rand worked at several television and radio stations in Kentucky where he gained skills as a reporter, anchor and multimedia journalist. He pitched and covered stories frequently picked up by CNN, CBS and AP that were shared with affiliates across the nation. His high-profile coverage includes issues and controversies surrounding Kentucky’s pension system and live coverage of President Donald Trump’s 2018 rally on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. Rand’s work has been recognized numerous times by the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Originally from Cincinnati, Rand attended Morehead State where he studied broadcasting and journalism.

“I could not be more pleased to stay within WOSU Public Media,” Rand stated. “The integrity of the 89.7 newsroom as a source of news, information and unbiased journalism for Central Ohio is impeccable. I look forward to joining this trusted news team.”

“Matt had been an invaluable addition to the All Sides team, and we were pleased to keep him on board in this new role,” said Steve Brown, WOSU news managing editor. “He has a broad skill set that will be greatly appreciated by his co-workers and WOSU listeners.”

89.7 NPR News is consistently named the best radio news operation in Ohio by the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. More people are listening to 89.7 NPR News than at any time in its history. WOSU continues to expand its digital presence and drew a record 4.8 million users to its website in 2020. These users recorded nine million page views and digital news content is the most-consumed portion.

About 89.7 NPR News
89.7 FM NPR News is the only all-day NPR news radio station in Central Ohio and specializes in news and public affairs programming, including All Sides with Ann Fisher, Morning Edition, On Point, Here and Now, and All Things Considered. Live audio streaming of the station is available via smart speaker, at wosu.org, and through the free WOSU Public Media mobile app.

About WOSU Public Media
The mission of WOSU Public Media is to engage, inform and inspire our diverse community. An NPR and PBS affiliate licensed by The Ohio State University, WOSU is a noncommercial multimedia organization serving over two million citizens in Central Ohio through broadcast, digital, programming, public engagement and education experiences. Learn more at wosu.org.

Amy Tillinghast (she/her)
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications1800 N. Pearl Street | Columbus, OH 43201
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