Iowa Public Radio names new executive director

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Public Radio has named a new executive director several months after its last CEO was fired.

The Board of Directors announced Monday that Myrna Johnson will begin the job on Jan. 27 of next year. She was recently the executive director of the Boston Schoolyard Initiative in Massachusetts.

Johnson replaces Mary Grace Herrington, who was fired in February over concerns about her management style. Iowa Public Radio later reached a settlement with her that dropped any claims against the organization.

Iowa Public Radio also recently settled two lawsuits filed by Michael Gartner, a former Iowa Board of Regents member. Gartner claimed the board held improper private meetings.

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