Cathy Carter and Julio Ochoa Join WUSF Public Media Team

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Cathy Carter and Julio Ochoa Join WUSF Public Media Team

Education and health experts to cover issues across Florida


TAMPA, Fla. (May 6, 2016)WUSF Public Media is pleased to announce the hiring of Cathy Carter as lead education reporter and Julio Ochoa as editor of Health News Florida.


WUSF Cathy CarterCarter will be responsible for leading WUSF’s education coverage, which includes working with public radio reporters across Florida to provide statewide education news and context. “The landscape of education in Florida is changing in profound ways,” Carter said, “and I’m honored to join WUSF’s esteemed group of journalists who have a wealth of experience and skills.”

A Massachusetts native, Carter was previously the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition for Delaware Public Media, and she has reported on a variety of topics from education to the arts. Carter has worked for radio stations in Orlando and reported for WAMU, the NPR news station in Washington, and was a host at XM Satellite Radio. An avid arts fan, Carter has written arts and culture articles for The Virginian-Pilot and The Baltimore Sun.


WUSF also welcomes Julio Ochoa to the news team as the new editor of Health News Florida, the station’s statewide health coverage project. Ochoa comes to WUSF from The Tampa Tribune, where he began as a website producer for and served in several editing roles, eventually becoming the newspaper’s deputy metro editor. “WUSF is among the most wide-reaching media organizations in Florida, and I’m proud to join the team,” Ochoa said.

Julio was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and worked at a paper in Greeley, Colo., before returning to Florida as a reporter and as breaking news editor for the Naples Daily News.

“We are fortunate to have Cathy and Julio join our ranks,” said WUSF Public Media General Manager JoAnn Urofsky. “Our reporters have become a major force in covering key issues in education and health across Florida, and with the addition of Cathy and Julio, we expect even more.”

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