KU News Release

Jan. 10, 2011
Contact: Phil Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, (785) 864-5016

KPR hires agriculture reporter to contribute to regional Harvest Public Media

Eric Durban

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LAWRENCE — A new Kansas Public Radio reporter soon will bring agriculture-based stories to listeners across the Midwest.

Eric Durban was hired to contribute to Harvest Public Media, a regional reporting network focused on agribusiness, including farming practices, food and fuel production and local and national issues involving agriculture. He will be based in Garden City.

Durban graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism in 2009. He’s also worked at public radio stations KBIA-FM in Columbia, Mo., and WABE-FM in Atlanta and the Columbia Missourian newspaper. He studied journalism at the Danish School of Journalism in Arhus, Denmark, and reported from several European countries. In 2008, he reported from the Beijing Olympics.

“I look forward to bringing my passion for public radio and storytelling to Kansas,” Durban said. “Harvest Public Media is doing exciting work and I’m ready to join the team and help carry that forward. I hope to provide fresh and engaging stories that highlight the important issues facing farmers, ranchers and consumers today. There is a wealth of stories out there waiting to be told and I'm excited to start telling them.”

Harvest Public Media is a regional consortium of public broadcasters that includes KPR, KCUR-FM in Kansas City, Mo.; High Plains Public Radio in Garden City; Iowa Public Radio; Nebraska Educational Television; and KBIA-FM in Columbia, Mo. It is one of seven Local Journalism Centers nationwide, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, combining the corporation’s and local station’s resources for a groundbreaking new approach to news gathering and distribution.

Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio — regular reports are aired on the six member stations in the Midwest. But Harvest Public Media also explores issues through online analyses, television reports, podcasts, photography, video, blogs and social media. Harvest Public Media’s reports are online at harvestpublicmedia.org.

“Eric Durban is a wonderful addition to our Harvest Public Media team,” said Donna Vestal, editor of Harvest Public Media. “He’s a strong radio reporter who also boasts an extensive background in multimedia and info-graphics. We expect he will hit the ground running with his strong interest in agriculture topics such as precision farming, food safety and water resources. And most importantly, his focus on Kansas will round out our coverage in the region. We now have reporters in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas.”

Harvest Public Media sees the emerging agenda for agriculture headlined by energy and climate change, food safety, biofuels, animal production and welfare, human health, water quality and local food systems. By examining these local, regional and national issues and their implications, Harvest Public Media seeks to create a rich multimedia resource devoted to food, fuel and field.

KPR, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison and 99.5 FM and 98.3 FM in Manhattan. KPR can be heard on the Internet at kpr.ku.edu. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk channel on HD Radio. Those broadcasts can be heard on a high definition receiver or on KPR’s website.

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