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Newark Symphony Hall Welcomes New President and CEO


Newark Symphony Hall has a new CEO and president, Taneshia Nash Laird joined the organization in November after a national search, succeeding interim Executive Director Leon Denmark. Laird has a long and storied career in the arts, she was most recently the executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton — only the third executive director since 1967 and the first one of color. She has decades of leadership in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. Laird is the founder of Legacy Business Advisors, a consulting group that had offices in Newark and Trenton, and advised social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and government agencies. She also co-founded New York City entertainment center MIST Harlem, served in the administration of former Trenton Mayor Douglas H. Palmer and was regional director of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, among other roles. Laird recently sat down with WBGO's Alexandra Hill to talk about her plans for one of the most historic performance venues in the country.


Alexandra Hill began her work with WBGO in June of 2012 in the news department. A graduate of the Rutgers Newark journalism program, Alexandra was also a student of WBGO News Director Doug Doyle. Alexandra has since become the lead general assignment reporter, afternoon news anchor, and producer of the award winning live call in show Newark Today. Since working for WBGO Alexandra has covered politics in and around Newark including the 2014 mayoral campaign of Mayor Ras Baraka as well as the senate campaigns of former Newark Mayor and now U.S. Senator Cory Booker in both 2013 and 2014. Alexandra also covers a host of human-interest stories, and has been recognized by the New York Association Of Black Journalists for her piece entitled Sheltering Newark’s Homeless.