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 NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and NPR.org.
Sydell's work focuses on the ways in which technology is transforming our culture and how we live. For example, she reported on robotic orchestras and independent musicians who find the Internet is a better friend than a record label as well as ways technology is changing human relationships.