PRNDI Board Wants YOU!

Jun 17, 2016

Uncle Sam
Credit James Montgomery Flagg

PRNDI is seeking public radio journalists driven to make public radio journalismbetter across all platforms to join the Board of Directors.

In addition to masterminding an annual conference, the Board supports public radio newsrooms throughout the year with professional development sessions and recognizes successes with its annual awards contest. 

Board members help grow revenue and membership, affecting the very make-up and reach of the organization. 

Board members have a seat at the table with NPR; PRNDI is an important liaison between station newsrooms and the mothership. The board also has audience with PRX, PRI, APM, BBC, PRPD and others with which it collaborates to strengthen and advance the mission of public radio journalism. 

Because of revisions to the bylaws approved last year, you don't have to be called "News Director" to be a station representative, so long as it's your job to manage the news gathering in your shop. And, for the first time ever, journalists employed in any capacity in a public radio newsroom are eligible to serve on the Board as at-large representatives!

The PRNDI membership will elect at least three Board members during the business meeting on Saturday, June 25, at the conference in St. Louis

  • President. Current President George Bodarky of WFUV is term-limited and can't run again. Candidates must be responsible for the day-to-day direction, reporting, and editing of a local public radio newsroom and have served on thePRNDI Board for a minimum of one year. Terry Gildea of KUER, a sitting At-Large Representative, has indicated he's interested in running. 
  • Medium Station Representative. This position represents stations with 4-7 newsroom staffers. Candidates must be responsible for the day-to-day direction, reporting, and editing of a medium local public radio newsroom. Catherine Welch of WMFE has decided not to run for this seat - so it will be open.
  • At-Large Representative. This is the position that anyone working in any capacity in a local public radio newsroom can run for, and there could be two open seats! Chad Lampe's term is up, and since he's been promoted to station manager at WKMS, he's no longer eligible to serve on the Board. If Terry Gildea is elected President, his At-Large seat will have to be filled for the remaining year of his term. 

If you're ready to roll up your sleeves, laugh a ton, make lifelong friends, and bring your big ideas to the organization that represents journalists in public media, declare your candidacy!

For the nitty gritty on Board member duties and eligibility, refer to the bylaws or get in touch with a current Board member. Then email Maryanne Zeleznik,, with your intent to run.