PASADENA — September 29, 2020 — Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) today announced that J. Andrew Murphy and Catherine M. Ward have been named the new Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the organization's Board of Trustees.

Murphy joined the Board of Trustees in 2017 and serves as Chair of the Evaluation & Compensation Committee and Executive Committee. He previously served as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Finance Committee, Co-Chair of the Governance & Trustee Committee, and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Ward, a member of the Board of Trustees since 2015, is also the Co-Chair of the Development & Campaign Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee.

We are happy to have Drew and Catherine at the helm of the Board of SCPR. Drew’s business and strategic planning skills he brings from his work at Edison to his previous roles leading the Strategy and Finance committees at SCPR will serve us well as Chair as we navigate the brave new world we are living in. Catherine, heading development and with her roots in the Capital Group, will give us guidance and know-how on the fundraising function so important to any not-for-profit. Moreover, they are guided by and will lead us on our mission to be a centering institution in Southern California and serve the community at a time when journalism has never mattered more,” said Herb Scannell, President and CEO of Southern California Public Radio.

Murphy is senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for Edison International, and also oversees the competitive businesses of Edison International including Edison Energy. Prior to joining Edison International, Murphy was senior managing director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where he headed the utilities, energy and power team. Previously, he served in a number of senior executive positions at NRG Energy, Inc. and has also served as a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, where he led the global energy, infrastructure and project finance practice. Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1983 and a juris doctorate degree from George Washington University in 1987, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review.

Ward was most recently senior vice president at Capital Research and Management Company, where she worked for over four decades, serving as a director for over 20 of those years. During her time at the company, she also served as a director of The Capital Group, Inc. and American Funds Service Company.  Ward graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s in English Literature and a minor in History. She is passionate about oceans and environmental issues, including coral reef preservation, and is currently Board Chair of the Biosphere Foundation.


About Southern California Public Radio (SCPR)

Southern California Public Radio ( is a member-supported multi-platform public media organization that has garnered more than 500 journalistic honors since 1999. Recognized as a national leader in public service journalism and civic engagement, SCPR’s flagship radio station, 89.3 KPCC-FM, reaches more than 900,000 listeners every week as the most listened-to public radio news service across Southern California. The network’s five stations (89.3 KPCC-FM, 89.1 KUOR-FM, 90.3 KVLA-FM, 89.9 FM, and 89.5 KJAI-FM) deliver award-winning local news coverage to the diverse communities of the region, including a robust slate of signature programs from NPR, APM, the BBC and PRI. LAist ( is a digital news site committed to in-depth reporting about life in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Its award-winning work reaches over seven million people per month, and in 2019, the brand grew to include LAist Studios (, a dedicated podcast development and production studio. Furthering SCPR’s commitment to premium on-demand audio storytelling, podcasts from LAist Studios aim to reflect the ethos of Los Angeles — a forward-looking, minority-majority community built upon unmatched diversity, inclusion, and drive — going beyond geographical borders to connect with listeners around the globe who share the LA state of mind. 

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