Jason Saul

Director of Digital Services + Corporate Development Executive

Jason Saul is WWNO's Director of Digital Services and a member of the station's development team. Jason helps create, plan and fund complex multiplatform editorial and music projects in a high-growth environment serving a substantial audience throughout Greater New Orleans -- and beyond.

A journalist and a technologist, Jason helps guide a growing editorial team through multimedia training opportunities, support and coaching sessions, and through active involvement in the distribution of New Orleans Public Radio's work on emergent platforms including podcasts, smartphone apps and social media. He interacts with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders in the promotion of projects, to engender goodwill and community involvement, and to develop sources and newsroom champions.

Jason has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Urban Studies and Planning -- with concentrations in hazard policy analysis and in public culture -- from the University of New Orleans, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration degree. Prior to his work at WWNO, Jason was the managing partner of a small technology and marketing firm, and for several years before that he served as a producer on the national arts, music and culture program American Routes.

Jason is a native of New York, NY, and an ardent pizza and bagel enthusiast.

If you have a question about public radio, journalism, technology, marketing, or what you can do to help support public broadcasting, just reach out! Start on Twitter at @jasonmsaul or send an email.

Ways to Connect

A home in the Brownfields neighborhood of Baton Rouge, August 17, 2016.
Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Floodwaters that have swamped at least 40,000 homes throughout south Louisiana have begun to recede, and people are returning to assess the devastation.

But returning to your home can be a dangerous, disgusting, heart-rending experience. Catherine Crowell, Director of Rebuilding Together New Orleans, has these tips on how to prepare for assessing, gutting and repairing your home after a flood disaster.

Police responded to Baton Rouge street protests en masse on July 10.
Bryan Tarnowski

This story is being continuously updated.

Protests continued in Baton Rouge Sunday evening, six days after the shooting death of Alton Sterling by a Baton Rouge police officer.

Large crowds of protestors collected in several different areas of the city, met by police in riot gear. At least 50 people were arrested.

With reporting from Baton Rouge by Jesse Hardman, Tegan Wendland and Bryan Tarnowski.

The Louisiana gubernatorial runoff will be held this Saturday, Nov. 20, with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.

In addition to the tight race for governor, candidates are vying for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and scores of local propositions and other races statewide, according to Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s office.

89.9 WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio is launching an experimental new community-embedded reporting series, focused on the Louisiana criminal justice system. The station was one of 15 organizations chosen from over 200 entrants in a nationwide competition to incubate storytelling experiments and expand public media to more Americans.

University of New Orleans president Peter Fos has announced he will retire at the end of January 2016.
Grant Campbell / UNO Driftwood

This story has been updated.

  Peter Fos, the President of the University of New Orleans, has announced he will retire at the end of January 2016.

Fos took the helm of the troubled public university in 2012, and had struggled to reduce the expenses of the New Orleans outpost of the University of Louisiana System during an era of declining enrollments and drastic reductions in state funding.

Cypress trees in Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, stretching across Cameron and Evangeline Parishes in southwestern Louisiana.
Steve Hillebrand / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hurricane Rita came ashore just three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, killing seven people directly and over a hundred more in the evacuation and in the storm's aftermath.

Ten years later, many residents of southwest Louisiana are feeling forgotten as the international media spotlight stays focused on New Orleans.

UPDATE: Internet service has been restored to the WWNO studios, and all web streams should be back to normal operation. Reach out to comments@wwno.org if you are having an issue.

A denial of service attack directed at the Louisiana state Internet network has completely shut down the University of New Orleans' connection to the wider Internet.

After being picked up from the curb, 'Katrina refrigerators' were hauled to landfills, stripped of rotted food and chemicals, and the metal and plastic were recycled.
Alice Welch / USDA

This week on Katrina: The Debris, we're exploring the actual debris — the stuff left behind when the winds died down and the floodwaters receded.

Katrina changed our relationship with that "stuff" — the tangible things that make up our modern lives. Some things became much more important, while so much else became just trash to be left on the curb for pickup.

The Eastbank of Orleans Parish is under a boil water advisory due to disruptions in power to city water pumping stations, according to statements from the Mayor’s Office and the Sewerage and Water Board.

A boil water advisory means residents in the affected area — the whole of the City of New Orleans on the east bank of the Mississippi River using the city water supply — should refrain from drinking tap water, making ice, brushing teeth or showering, or preparing or rinsing food until the water has been disinfected.

“In newsrooms across the city and, yes, the nation and presumably the world, journalists are staring down blank whiteboards with the headline: Ten-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,” WWNO News Director Eve Troeh says in the New Yorker. “We are figuring out how often and in which contexts to gracefully add the phrase ‘and the federal levee failures’ without upsetting sentence structure, or whether to simply call everything ‘the flood.’”