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Shane started in broadcast engineering at the tender young age of 15 as a volunteer for KAXE-FM in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. During his time at KAXE, he learned the trade from the station's contract engineer, Mark Persons. Later, Shane joined KAXE as their full-time Chief Engineer. He made a number of upgrades to their studio technology and launched their first website including one of the very first live audio web streams in the nation. After a number of years at KAXE, Shane went to work for Minnesota Public Radio where he designed and implemented a system for inserting local underwriting and weather forecasts at stations around the state. Following his time at Minnesota Public Radio, Shane went on to work for a major broadcast equipment manufacturer. In 2006, Shane joined the staff of Wyoming Public Media. Shane is a senior member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Association of Public Radio Engineers. When he isn't busy maintaining the Wyoming Public Radio network he enjoys spending time with his wife and two rescued shelter dogs.
Rebecca Martinez is a general assignment reporter and host for Wyoming Public Radio. Recent features include Yellowstone warding visitors off wildlife after four people in the area were killed by grizzly bears (picked up by NPR) and one covering efforts by the Northern Arapaho Tribe to preserve its language on the Wind River Indian Reservation, (part was re-aired on National Native News). She regularly reports on agriculture and environmental issues, focusing especially on waste management and water quality. Rebecca reported a story featured in a PRNDI-award-winning episode of Open Spaces in 2011. She edited other PRNDI-award winning stories.
After earning her B.A. in Journalism and Media Design at James Madison University, Rebecca worked as a production and editorial assistant at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C., where she produced pieces and wrote scripts for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Tell Me More. She arranged and scripted interviews for ME and ATC during the 2008 Presidential Election Season and helped organized live coverage on Super Tuesday in New York City.
Rebecca has reported pieces for NPR, APM’s Marketplace, the BBC/PRI’s The World, National Native News, WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C. and the CBC. Before coming to Wyoming Public Radio, Rebecca moved to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where she covered the agriculture, environment and community beats at the News Leader, a century-old newspaper in Staunton. She continued audio reporting by producing Soundslides videos for the newspaper’s web site. Much of her reporting focused on the cattle industry, water and soil quality issues, and the effects of environmental legislation on farmers.
General Manager Christina Kuzmych joined Wyoming Public Media in June, 2011, bringing 27 years of public broadcasting experience to Wyoming.
Kuzmych serves as President of PRIMA (Public Radio in Mid America), a position she has held since 2009. She is an active leader and member of several professional organizations including Western States Public Radio, and serves on committees dealing with public broadcasting legislative issues as well as initiatives in new technology. For a full biography click here.
Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won 76 national, regional and state news awards. Bob has received the WEA School Bell Award for education reporting and was honored by the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving for his reporting. He has covered the Wyoming Legislature longer than any broadcaster in the state. He is a frequent political guest and host on Wyoming PBS.
Bob also taught broadcast news at the University of Wyoming for 20 years and his 1998 television reporting class won a regional Emmy for reporting excellence. He also was twice given a Top Prof award by the UW Mortar Board. Bob is also active in community events and co-chaired the 2009 Albany County United Way Campaign with his wife Debra.
Prior to coming to WPR, Bob worked as a News and Sportscaster at stations in Wyoming and Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is a native of Wheaton, Illinois in suburban Chicago. When he is not working he is running, mountain biking, walking his dog or cheering on his beloved Packers, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and Salukis.