Anita J. Bugg graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. In that college town, she worked for commercial stations and discovered her first public radio "home" with WKMS. The station hired her as a reporter, eventually promoting her to news director.
She's been with Nashville Public Radio since 1995, serving as Morning Edition host, assignment editor and then news director for fifteen years. In that time, WPLN went from a "rip and read" newsroom to one focused on original reporting. In a news world rampant with staff reductions, Bugg is particularly pleased WPLN has doubled the number of full-time reporters. She became the station's VP of Content in 2016.
An avid sports fan, Bugg is also a slow but steady runner and a relatively new motorcycling enthusiast.