WNYC Names Manoush Zomorodi Managing Editor of popular tech podcast, NEW TECH CITY



Weekly Podcast and Radio Segment Will Expand Into New Digital Programming Concept


(New York, NY – June 11, 2013) -- WNYC announced today that Manoush Zomorodi will become managing editor of New Tech City, currently a weekly podcast and segment featured on Morning Edition that explores innovation, creativity, technology and the new economy; how the culture of work and society are changing under the influence of technology; and how New York fits into these themes.


Zomorodi will continue to host New Tech City, which she co-created last fall as a freelancer with WNYC Business Editor Charlie Herman.  The new position is effective July 1.


As managing editor, Zomorodi will oversee a new phase of New Tech City, in which WNYC plans to expand the weekly segment into a new programming concept that will first and foremost be a digital media enterprise with videos, live events and other components that break from traditional radio programming.


“I am thrilled that NewTechCity has connected with listeners and that WNYC sees an opportunity for the project to become an innovative example of the very transformation that we explore in our segments,” said Zomorodi.  “Understanding how technology is dramatically reshaping New York, and how New York in turn is driving innovation, is vital to understanding our future.  But tech isn’t just about the latest gadget or the start up scene – it’s about how digital age is changing the way we live, work and relate to each other. I am so thrilled to be joining WNYC’s amazing family of storytellers and look forward to growing New Tech City into a bigger tent that can address all of these issues and nuances.


“Manoush’s ability to dissect and explain the important ways that technology is transforming our lives, and how this transformation relates to the region, has made New Tech City one of the most popular new segments on WNYC,” said Jim Schachter, Vice President for News, WNYC.  “Now with her new role as managing editor and the expanded content we intend to develop around the brand, we believe New Tech City will continue break new ground not only in how New York’s technology world is covered, but how content is produced and delivered in public media.”


New Tech City launched last fall to explore the tech scene, and innovation more broadly, in the New York City metro region.  Segments on topics as varied as AirBnB, violence in video games, the future of libraries, STEM education and women in technology have built a fast-growing audience for New Tech City in podcasts and on-demand listening, as well as on the air.


A graduate of GeorgetownUniversity, Manoush has been a producer, correspondent and presenter for the BBC, an anchor for Thomson Reuters Television, and a consultant to non-profits including the Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch and the Gates Foundation. She is also the author of Camera Ready: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On Air or Online, one of the top-selling journalism books on Amazon.


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