Meet Julie Coppens

Julie York Coppens

Introducing another voice behind Democracy & Me: Julie York Coppens, the new Educational Outreach Coordinator for Cincinnati Public Radio, joins Dr. David Childs, NKU Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, as we continue to develop the program. A longtime arts journalist, theatre-maker and youth advocate, Julie returns to her hometown of Cincinnati this fall after a seven-year adventure in Juneau, Alaska, where the politics are just as crazy, she says, as they can be here in Ohio. 

Here is a lively conversation between Julie and 90.0 WGUC host Elaine Diehl, on Julie’s new role at CPR; and to learn more about her background and goals for our educational programming. 

 “Luckily I had something to fall back on—the performing arts—when my career in print journalism hit the skids,” Julie says. “This new role at Cincinnati Public Radio brings it all back together for me, connecting educators, students and families to the incredible community resources of WGUC and WVXU: arts and ideas, culture and information, storytelling and citizenship, creativity and responsibility.

We need those human connections now more than ever, and they go both ways—I’m excited to see and hear what our young people can add to the conversation. I want to help more listeners of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and identities to access the best of what’s out there, to cultivate knowledge and inspiration, and to use their new-media super powers for the common good.”