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Donna Reid, Director of Finance & Administration for Northern Public Radio, is responsible for the day-to-day business and administrative management of the stations. There is no shortage of paperwork or people flowing in and out of her office: web donations…hiring forms… budgets…financial statements…grant applications…EFT transactions…invoices...contracts… pledge forms…job descriptions…purchase orders…work orders… It’s believed there's a nice a wood-top underneath it all, but few have ever seen it. As custodian of station dollars through 19 annual audits, it’s no surprise that Marketplace is one of Donna's favorite programs.
Eric Hradecky is Northern Public Radio’s Production Director. Eric also works closely with our operations department, which is a fancy way of saying he coordinates the daily logs and automation functions of WNIJ and WNIU. He fell in love with music and radio at about the same time, spinning discs as a freshman at Downers Grove North High School’s WDGC. Eric’s career included stints at WZND and WGLT in Normal, Illinois and WDAV in Davidson, North Carolina. Eric began his nearly two decade run at Northern Public Radio on December 7, 1992, another day that lives in infamy.
Leon Halatek, CPA, is WNIJ / WNIU's Membership Coordinator. In the past he has served as an auditor, financial analyst, and spent four years teaching international business in China. Now rooted in DeKalb with his wife and young son, Leon grew up in Buffalo Grove, studied accounting at Northern Illinois University, and spent a couple of years in Champaign-Urbana. In his spare time, Leon enjoys classic movies, traveling, amateur photography, and playing finger-style blues guitar. In his current position, Leon especially appreciates being able to contribute support to an organization that serves its community.
Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture Correspondent for the NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and NPR.org.
Incredibly excited to be reporting on one of the great stories of our time, Sydell focuses on the ways in which technology is transforming our culture. She profiled artists who found a new way to create music with an orchestra made up of half robots; and independent musicians who find the Internet is a better friend than a record label. Sydell focuses on the ways social media transforms everything from personal relationships to shopping.
Sydell traveled India and China to look at the impact of technology on developing nations. In China, she reported how American television programs like Lost broke past China's censors and found a devoted following among the emerging Chinese middle class. She found in India that cell phones are the computer of the masses.
Among her all-time favorite pieces is a profile of a private eye who found a way to incorporate Buddhist faith into her job by working exclusively on death penalty cases. Sydell also featured a mother's devotion to a son charged with a brutal murder and the bus that carries her and others with incarcerated family members from New York City to a prison upstate.
Before joining NPR in 2003, Sydell served as a senior technology reporter for American Public Media's Marketplace, Sydell looked at the human impact of new technologies and the personalities behind the Silicon Valley boom and bust.
Before coming to San Francisco, Sydell worked as a reporter for NPR Member Station WNYC in New York. Her reporting on race relations, city politics, and arts was honored with numerous awards from organizations such as The Newswomen's Club of New York, The New York Press Club, and The Society of Professional Journalists.
The American Women in Radio and Television, The National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and Women in Communications have all honored Sydell for her long-form radio documentary work focused on individuals whose life experiences turned them into activists.
After finishing a one-year fellowship with the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, Sydell came to San Francisco as a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley.
Sydell graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree from William Smith College in Geneva, New York, and earned a J.D. from Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law.