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Lower Neuse Riverkeeper resigns

The lower Neuse Riverkeeper has resigned. George Olsen has more.

The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation has announced the resignation of Mitch Blake as lower Neuse Riverkeeper, effective August 16. Blake cited “family obligations” in his resignation letter to Foundation President Jim Starr. Blake had been the lower Neuse Riverkeeper for the last 18 months. He’ll be succeeded on an interim basis by Lauren Wargo. She has been the Foundation’s Watershed Monitoring Specialist in the New Bern office. She received a BA in Environmental Science and Botany from Miami University. I’m George Olsen.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.