Former staffer to head W.Va. Public Broadcasting

CHARLESTON (AP) — A former reporter and news director is returning to West Virginia Public Broadcasting to serve at its new executive director.

The State Educational Broadcasting Authority voted Thursday to hire Scott Finn at a salary of $80,000. He replaces retiring director Dennis Adkins on Feb. 1.

Adkins had been at odds with the authority over finances and the future of public broadcasting. In addition to fewer donations because of the recession, public broadcasting also faces a 7.5 percent — or $420,000 — cut in state funding, as do other state agencies.

Finn also worked at The Charleston Gazette from 2000 to 2007.

He’s currently news director of WUSF-TV, a public television station in Tampa, Fla.

Finn has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s from the University of Missouri.

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