From Tote Bags to Technology: Innovation in Public Radio

November 30, 2017, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. EST

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Public Radio has held a place in the American imagination for decades, but how is it adapting to the new media landscape?

In her talk, Laura Walker ’87, President and CEO of New York Public Radio, will share insights on how a passion for design thinking and public media has helped her innovate the sound of public radio for a new generation. She will discuss how NYPR has disrupted its own business, shifting towards new audio channels including on-demand content, while maintaining its institutional focus on providing high-quality journalism and music to its 26 million monthly listeners.

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Laura Walker

President and CEO, NYPR

Laura Walker has been president and chief executive officer of New York public radio stations WNYC AM 820 and 93.9 FM since December 1995. Ms. Walker has transformed the organization from a City agency into a not-for-profit public broadcaster by...

Laura Walker has been president and chief executive officer of New York public radio stations WNYC AM 820 and 93.9 FM since December 1995. Ms. Walker has transformed the organization from a City agency into a not-for-profit public broadcaster by raising the $20 million necessary to purchase WNYC's AM and FM radio licenses from the City of New York. She has spearheaded many new programming initiatives, including the expansion of WNYC's news and documentary units, extended live concert programming, the introduction of American standards host Jonathan Schwartz, and the creation of new national programs Studio 360, The Next Big Thing, and Satellite Sisters. Ms. Walker began her professional career as a journalist and producer at National Public Radio. She later joined the staff of Carnegie Hall where she launched AT&T Presents Carnegie Hall Tonight. She spent eight years at Sesame Workshop where she headed the development department and later led the organization's efforts to establish a cable television channel, now Noggin.