Rachel Osier Lindley


Rachel Osier Lindley is the Statewide Coordinating Editor for the Texas Station Collaborative, based at KERA in Dallas. In this role, she connects with newsrooms across Texas to plan and produce collaborative news coverage and projects, daily statewide newscasts, content for the public radio newsmagazine Texas Standard and national coverage for NPR and other outlets.

Previously, Lindley served as news director for WBHM in Birmingham, Ala., where she established the station as a small-but-mighty statewide journalistic powerhouse. Before WBHM, Lindley was news director at Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio, where she played an essential role in building the fledgling station from the ground up.

Lindley holds an MBA from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She grew up outside of Chicago and has been a radio nerd since childhood.

Rachel and her husband, Chase, are the lucky parents of three sons and the caretakers of one unruly dog. In her copious amount of free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes, exploring Dallas, eating tacos and thinking about work.

Ways to Connect


At PRNDI 2017, we’re celebrating editors, those unsung heroes of the newsroom. The folks who lurk in obscurity, tirelessly slaying superfluous “that” use and reminding reporters to write with the “fewest and most powerful words,” stronger verbs and active voice. The people who - at their best - inspire, challenge, and nurture their staffs. This one's for you guys.

Join PRNDI in congratulating our 2017 early career scholarship winners: Karen Rouse and Stephen Fowler.


“The PRNDI early career scholarship program allows journalists to experience our conference without placing that financial burden on their stations," says PRNDI president Terry Gildea. "Karen and Stephen represent an incredible talent pool of rising stars in public media. Our future is bright!”


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Phyllis Fletcher, managing editor of the Northwest News Network, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of PRNDI’s Editor of the Year award.


PRNDI is celebrating 2017 as the “Year of the Editor.” The editor of the year award is designed to recognize an individual who exemplifies the very best in story editing and newsroom leadership.

Judging PRNDI award entries as a group is an excellent opportunity for team-building and flexing editorial muscle in your newsroom. 

  • Steal story ideas! 
  • Have frank conversations about writing and story structure without making anyone cry!! 
  • Build a better vocabulary for talking about what works and what doesn’t!!!

If your newsroom would like to adopt an awards category, please contact Christine Paige Diers, cpaigediers@gmail.com.