AIR 2019 election results are in!

Hi, AIR friends!

We are thrilled to announce the results of the 2019 Board elections. Please join me in congratulating your new four Board members.

Congrats! (Applause!)

Keisha TK Dutes
Independent Producer and Host, TK in the AM
New York, New York

Bio: Keisha “TK” Dutes is an independent audio producer and co-host of TK in The AM, live streaming morning show on Bondfire Radio. With experience spanning terrestrial radio (WBAI-NY) , online, podcast and audio drama, her life is in audio is all encompassing. Most recently, TK produced Buzzfeed’s “Thirst Aid Kit.” She is currently producing “The Weeksvile Project” an audio drama about a free Black community Brooklyn. She also spreads the gospel of radio and podcasting through workshops and mentorship, and was recently listed on’s “Black Talents in Public Media You Should Know.”

Emily Kwong
NPR Above the Fray fellow
Washington, DC / Mongolia

Bio: Emily Kwong is an NPR Above the Fray fellow reporting on climate migration in Mongolia. Kwong most recently worked as a news reporter for KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where she regularly reported on Alaska Native communities. Kwong taught digital storytelling in Hyderabad, India, then attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She was a 2015 AIR New Voices scholar at Third Coast, and served as the New Voices captain in 2016 and 2017. Emily started her radio career with StoryCorps and was awarded “Best New Artist” award at the 2013 Third Coast Festival. She graduated from Columbia University.

Brenda Salinas
Producer, Google News
London, England

Bio: I’m Brenda Patricia Salinas Paéz. I’m a trilingual public radio producer living in London. I was awarded the highly competitive Kroc Fellowship at NPR in 2012. Since then I have reported pieces for NPR’s flagship programs, Marketplace and PRI’s The World as well as a number of podcasts. I have a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University. I was one of the founding producers of the Texas Standard, a daily news magazine show that broadcasts state-wide from KUT in Austin. I helped re-launch NPR’s Latino USA as a full-hour show. I’m now working at Google thinking about the future of radio.

Maureen McMurray
Director of Innovative Content, New Hampshire Public Radio
Concord, New Hampshire

Bio: Maureen McMurray is New Hampshire Public Radio’s first-ever Director of Innovative Content. She oversees NHPR’s programs and podcasts, and is responsible for audience development and engagement, partnership-management, and the overall sound of the station across platforms. She was previously the Executive Producer of NHPR’s Creative Unit, and helped launch the station’s first flight of original podcasts, including Civics 101, Outside/In, and 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop. She likes to brag that she began her radio career in 2002, before it was cool.


I’d like to extend an enthusiastic “Thank you!” to AIR’s Election Committee member, Danny Bringer, for his support during the election process. And a huge shout out to An Uong and the rest of AIR’s staff for their time, energy and hard work on this election.

Many thanks to all the candidates who tossed their hats into the ring this election. Your willingness to serve matters.

And finally—a thanks to all the AIR producers who voted in this year’s election. We’re fortunate to have such an engaged and talented network of awesome producers. (Thank you!)

Tena Isabel Rubio, VP, Secretary & Election Chair, AIR Board |
Danny Bringer |