Russ Stanton, the vice president of content at Southern California Public Radio, which operates KPCC and three other stations, is leaving at the end of the month and will be succeeded by executive editor Melanie Sill.
The announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon in an email that Bill Davis, president and CEO of SCPR, made to the staff. He said that Stanton was leaving “to pursue an opportunity in the commercial, for-profit space.” The new opportunity was not identified. Stanton’s last day will be on June 30.
Stanton, former editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times, joined SCPR two and a half years ago. Davis wrote that Stanton “has been a transformative figure at SCPR, accomplishing more in 30 months than most public radio content leaders accomplish in 30 years.” He wrote that the radio audience had grown, and SCPR greatly expanded its mobile and digital offerings.
“Russ and Melanie have led the effort to nearly double the size of SCPR’s Content Division in less than three years,” Davis wrote. “In doing so, SCPR has grown into one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse newsrooms in the country, building out full desks covering crime and public safety, emerging communities and immigration, local business, politics and government, education, and health care. And, last but certainly not least, we are in the process of launching our new arts & entertainment program.”
Sill is the former editor of the Sacramento Bee and the Raleigh News & Observer, and was Stanton’s first hire, Davis noted.