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Elisabeth Perez-Luna, a radio producer with more than 25 years of experience, has been named the News Director at WHYY 91FM, the leading public radio station in the Delaware Valley. Perez-Luna has served as WHYY’s interim radio news director since December 2002.

In addition, Perez-Luna will remain Executive Producer of National Radio Programming at WHYY, serving as supervisor of the station’s national radio productions and the development of new programs. She is producer of WHYY’s nationally distributed program BEEN THERE/DONE THAT and also works with FRESH AIR WITH TERRY GROSS and Marketplace’s Business of the Arts Bureau located at WHYY. In addition, she guides production and marketing for A CHEF’S TABLE with host Chef Jim Coleman and YOU BET YOUR GARDEN with Mike McGrath. Perez-Luna joined WHYY in 1999 as 91FM’s arts reporter.

"Elisabeth brings to the position outstanding journalistic credentials and an unmatched reputation for integrity," said WHYY Vice President and Station Manager Paul Gluck. "I am confident she can continue to build the quality and breadth of the valuable news service we provide."

Perez-Luna is an award-winning independent radio producer, documentary writer and a regular contributor for NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Jazz Profiles. She is also a sound designer, host, executive producer and developer of national documentary series.

From a journalistic background (her mother was a writer in Paris), Perez-Luna first came to the United States in 1970 as the New York correspondent for the Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional.

Perez-Luna has developed, produced and edited the weekly news magazine programs Crossroads and Artbeat, which aired on almost 200 other public radio stations, including WHYY.

Perez-Luna has produced award-winning series from her own state-of-the-art studio in West Chester, PA. She is the recipient of three Corporation for Public Broadcasting awards, the Columbia University Major Armstrong award and one from the Philadelphia Society for Professional Journalists, and others.

She lives in West Chester with her husband, artist Len Perskie. Her daughter is Gabrielle Perskie.

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