Business reporter and Arts & More co-producer Robbie Feinberg has accepted a new job as a reporter with a new education reporting initiative at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
Feinberg grew up in New Hampshire and got started in radio through the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Before coming to WMUK, Feinberg wrote feature stories for "City Pages," an alt-weekly newspaper covering Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Feinberg says he's most proud of his stories that exposed listeners to rarely-seen places and issues. His favorite stories include a three-part investigative series on the future of Michigan's migrant farm workers, a piece exploring the financial future of Michigan's Native American tribes, and a story transporting listeners directly into Holland's famed DeZwaan authentic Dutch windmill. He's also loved interviewing unique or lesser-known local artists, from rappers to genre-bending music teachers and so-called "neighborhood bands."
As for the stories he'll never forget? Two stand out. First, there's the truly bizarre tale of what happened to the author of the definitive book on Gibson Guitar's "Kalamazoo Gals." And then there was the inspiring story of a teenager's efforts to use photography to show the world what life is like with mitochondrial disease.
In his new job, Feinberg will be the education news reporter for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network's new EDucate ME initiative, which seeks to create "solutions-focused journalism to inform public understanding about education in the 21st century" and "create an exchange of ideas aimed at improving education in Maine."
Robbie will always be remembered for his personability both on-air and in the office, and his brilliant story ideas. We all wish him the best of luck in Maine.