(Atlanta GA – Sept. 20, 2019) – Radio veteran Alex Helmick has been named Managing Editor of WABE News. In this position, he will lead the day-to-day operations of WABE’s award-winning newsroom and oversee a growing team of editors, reporters and producers. He will also oversee feature and enterprise reporting. Helmick joins WABE from KQED, Northern California Public Radio in San Francisco, where he has been Senior/Supervising Editor since 2013. He will join WABE on October 21.
“Alex Helmick brings a wealth of experience in local, national and international news to the WABE team” said Wonya Lucas, CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta. “He is a radio veteran who has done it all – reporting, editing, producing, writing, hosting and managing. His passion for storytelling and breaking news is what made him our top choice for this position and we are thrilled to welcome him to the WABE family.”
“I am excited to move to Atlanta and join the outstanding team at WABE,” said Helmick. “The organization has such an outstanding reputation in the public media world, and it is my honor to lead such a strong group of journalists who have built a loyal, dedicated audience.”
Helmick previously served as Senior/Supervising Editor, News at KQED, Northern California Public Radio, in San Francisco. There, he managed staff, planning and coverage for 21 daily newscasts. Before that, he worked at World Radio Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, where he reported from the United Nations European Headquarters and later hosted a two-hour daily current events program. In 2009, he covered the war in Afghanistan and its impact on the humanitarian crisis in the country. He has also covered business in Chicago and produced the evening newscast for Chicago’s WBEZ. Helmick holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago and a Master of Arts in Business Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor of Science, Psychology, from Ohio Valley University.