Joellen Easton

Business Development Manager
Public Insight Network
Joellen Easton gets to chart the next mission for PIN: New ways to use the network for meeting information needs, with new partners and new technologies. All shiny objects cross her desk.

Her background is in anthropology, and she has produced for WGBH, PRI’s The World, and as a freelancer. She first worked with PIN at Marketplace as a PIN analyst for four years, and after that as partners manager for three years, leading the training and support team. She is degreed from Tufts and MIT.

Recent Posts


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“Where Did Everybody Go?” – a special from Changing Gears

From Meg Cramer, PIN analyst with Changing Gears: This week, Changing Gears will air “Where Did Everybody Go?,” an hour-long special inspired by the PIN-sourced “Midwest Migration” project. The special examines some of the dynamics of Midwestern out-migration, and the challenges the region faces when it comes to keeping young, talented people from leaving. The... Read more »

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LJC PIN work in November and December

Playing catchup, here.  Gremlins deleted my past post about November, so this month will be a double post. In the last two months Changing Gears has been helping sources tell their own stories, and planning a national-scale project on Midwest out-migration.  From Sarah Alvarez: For November I would like to highlight the work done for... Read more »

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LJC PIN work in October

Every month I take a look at what PIN newsrooms have been working on, and put together a note touching on work in newsrooms across the country. In the last month I was struck by how many newsrooms are increasingly leveraging what PIN can do uniquely well: finding new story angles, collecting story tips, bringing... Read more »

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Getting to know… Sarah Alvarez (Changing Gears PIN analyst)

I’m Sarah Alvarez, the Public Insight Network analyst with Changing Gears. Changing Gears is a public radio collaboration that examines how life is changing in the industrial Midwest. We want to tell the stories of the people driving and experiencing this change. Our coverage leans heavily toward examining business and economic phenomena. Many people are reluctant to... Read more »

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Getting to know … Nick Blumberg (Fronteras PIN analyst)

From Nick Blumberg, PIN analyst in the Fronteras newsroom: I grew up on the far north side of Chicago, and came to Arizona to attend the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. I was part of the Murrow and PRNDI-award winning team at KJZZ that covered Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 anti-immigration law... Read more »

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A space to explore Local Journalism Centers’ work with PIN

This year the Public Insight Network started working with three Local Journalism Centers, collaboratives between several public radio stations that are organized around a topic. The centers get their funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Fronteras: The Changing America Desk covers the many ways immigration is changing the United States.  The center’s home station is... Read more »