WDSE•WRPT Welcomes Two New Employees

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WDSE•WRPT is excited to welcome two new employees: Ramona Marozas as a Multiplatform Producer and Joshua Hill as an IT Systems Administrator.

Marozas will bring her years of journalistic expertise to both NATIVE REPORT, a nationally syndicated program that celebrates Native American culture and heritage, as well as the regionally focused public affairs program ALMANAC NORTH.

Marozas joins WDSE•WRPT as multiplatform producer with over a decade of journalism experience. Marozas trained at the American Indian Journalism Institute and was a student, mentor, and board member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). She served as Minneapolis-based WCCO's first news apprentice and has produced news for KBJR and CBS in Duluth. In addition, she has produced two documentaries, MISSING AND MURDERED: AN INVISIBLE EPIDEMIC and OPIOIDS: CRISIS IN THE NORTHLAND, a WDSE•WRPT production. Marozas has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from St. Cloud State University's Mass Communications program and a minor in American Indian Studies.

“Ramona brings a rich mix of professional experiences and a strong community network, both locally and nationally, to our team,” said Dawn Mikkelson, Broadcast Content Manager. “Her work will help to bring a fresh eye to these legacy shows, including helping to reach and engage viewers across the digital landscape.”

“I look forward to bringing my perspective and talents to these two important shows from WDSE•WRPT," Marozas said. “I hope to stay true to the traditions of these shows, while also lending my own experiences to help these shows continue to improve and enrich lives throughout the region and, in the case of NATIVE REPORT, the nation.”

Hill brings over 13 years of experience in supporting businesses and nonprofits with their information systems and technology services to the IT Systems Administrator role. In addition to internal office support, Hill will provide technical support to ensure that WDSE•WRPT continues to serve the community with its ongoing broadcast of five free channels to the region, as well as digital distribution of locally focused productions and national programs from PBS and other partners on YouTube TV, the PBS Video App and social media sites. Hill has a Bachelor of Science from ITT Technical Institute.

“It’s critical for a station of our size and with our level of service to the community to have an IT Systems Administrator who can not only solve the issues of today but can help us anticipate the technological advancements of tomorrow,” said Larry Erickson, Chief Engineer. “We are excited about the skill set and enthusiasm that Hill will bring to our Engineering Team.”

“I’ve always enjoyed public television as an adult and as a kid. As an adult, it broadens my appreciation for our culture and I love how much my kids love the PBS KIDS app,” Hill said. “I’m excited to be a part of this team and to help further WDSE•WRPT’s essential mission.”