Mary Ellen Pitney Photo credit: Northwest Public Broadcasting

WKAR Public Media has announced that Mary Ellen Pitney will join the station as the Capital Region host and local producer for NPR’s Morning Edition on 90.5 FM WKAR-FM at Michigan State University.

The announcement was made May 23 by Reginald Hardwick, Digital News Director at WKAR. Pitney joins the WKAR news team on June 10, and will debut as Morning Edition local host later this summer.

“Mary Ellen is truly a connoisseur of public radio,” said Hardwick. “She grew up in a military family and learned to count on familiar voices of public radio whether she was in Texas or Hawaii. Mary Ellen brings energy, curiosity and a passion for our industry that comes across in her delivery.”

Pitney comes to the Capital region after three years as Weekend Edition host at Northwest Public Broadcasting in Pullman, Washington. She is a graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.