Learn more about our management team and our vision to provide the very best public media for Western Washington.
Joey Cohn has worked in public radio for many years, dating back to when he was an on-air Jazz Host at KUAT, while attending the University of Arizona in Tucson. Later in his broadcast career, Joey worked in commercial radio and television in Phoenix.
In 1987, Joey joined KPLU and has held various positions, including Director of Content and General Manager. Under Joey’s leadership, KPLU won numerous national accolades including the Edward R. Murrow for news and the Marconi, for Jazz Station of the Year.
Joey led the campaign to Save 88.5FM, raising over $8,000,000 in less than 6-months and transitioned the station to KNKX - an independent, community station.
Director of Content
Matt Martinez joined the station in August 2015. Previously, he was Senior Producer for NPR in Washington, D.C. He led a team of producers responsible for developing new show and podcast pilots, supporting live events, and supporting stations in their fundraising efforts. Matt started at NPR in 2000 as a producer for NPR's afternoon flagship newsmagazine All Things Considered. He also worked on the team that produces Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon, and created The Bryant Park Project, a multi-platform morning show on Sirius Satellite Radio produced at NPR New York, hosted by Alison Stewart. He served as the show's Supervising Senior Producer until it ended production in July 2008. After Bryant Park he ran the weekend version of All Things Considered. He returned to weekday All Things Considered in 2012 as Supervising Senior Producer where he led the show's staff of producers and editors, shaping the sound of the daily broadcast.
As a newsmagazine producer, Martinez has been involved in some of the biggest stories of the past two decades. He was part of NPR's award-winning coverage of September 11th, reporting from New York with Robert Siegel on the day of the attacks. He was at the helm of All Things Considered the day of the Boston Marathon bombing, leading the staff through a week of live coverage. His work as a field producer with NPR hosts and reporters ranges from codeine syrup abuse in Houston to Sudanese refugees in Portland, Maine, to the "Shed Boys" of Port Townsend, Washington, to reporting on the New Hampshire Primary. Matt began his career at public radio station KNAU in Flagstaff, Arizona as a reporter and local host of All Things Considered. He graduated from Northern Arizona University.
Director of Development
Mary started at KNKX in 2005 as a Development Assistant, where she planned and oversaw KNKX's on-air pledge drives. Several years, and many pledge drives later, she has worked in virtually every aspect of membership and individual giving at KNKX. Today, Mary is responsible for all of KNKX’s individual giving programs and initiatives to include General Membership, Major Giving, Planned Giving and the KNKX Travel Club.
Mary’s favorite part of her job is building relationships with listeners and supporters of KNKX. “Every day I am privileged to interact with fascinating, intelligent, informed, and engaged listeners. So, I can say firsthand, KNKX supporters are truly amazing!”
Director of Administration
Steve joined KNKX in 2018, and is responsible for finance, human resources and ensuring a successful move of our Tacoma office from the PLU campus to downtown Tacoma. Before KNKX, he worked for great non-profits (Community Voice Mail, ONE/Northwest, TechFoundation) and successful companies (Microsoft, RealNetworks, Xerox). He thinks working in public radio, with the staff of KNKX and the listeners who love our station, is a great privilege and a great joy.
Steve received an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. When not at KNKX, Steve enjoys time with his (reporter) wife Monica and their three wonderful kids.
Director of Digital Media & Technology
Justin joined KNKX in 2009 as the station's first Multimedia Manager. In this role, Justin helped to produce multimedia content, and implement systems and procedures in efforts to transform KNKX from a traditional broadcast station into a multi-platform media organization.
Today as the Director of Digital Digital Media & Technology, Justin is responsible for the strategic management of KNKX's "Tech Team," which includes our Digital Media, Information Technology, and Engineering departments. Prior to his time at KNKX, Justin worked as a multimedia and a sports producer at the Seattle Times, was member of the photo department at the Bellingham Herald, and a freelance visual journalist for other publications in the Pacific Northwest.