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.

Around the Nation
1:17 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Oregon School District Says No To Teacher Grants

Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Oregon earlier this month, and he heard from an Oregon City teacher who complained about the rules of a performance-based pay bonus grant.

Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 4:29 pm

An Oregon school district has rejected more than $2.5 million in federal funds. Oregon City — just south of Portland — turned down money that would have given performance-based pay bonuses to teachers, a controversial part of the Obama administration's education policy.

It's called the Teacher Incentive Fund, and it's meant to reward results. Oregon City actually applied for the money it's now turned down.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

'A Modest Glimmer Of Hope': Home Prices Up In August

Home prices rose slightly in August, according to the latest data from the S&P/Case-Shiller index. They're still down compared to August 2010, and way down from their pre-recession peak in 2006. But it's good-ish news, reports the AP:

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It's All Politics
12:57 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Rick Perry Offers Flatter Tax In Effort To Regain Traction

Because you can apparently never have enough flat-tax plans in a race for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday officially introduced his own version.

That gives us two flat tax proposals in the GOP race, Perry's and Herman Cain's (all together now) 9-9-9 plan.

Actually, Perry's plan is not so much a flat tax as a flatter tax since he maintains some deductions and exemptions and even the current tax code for those who would prefer to use it.

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The Salt
12:36 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

A DNA Check Reveals Widespread Fish Mislabeling in Massachusetts

Once filleted, it's easy to confuse one white-fleshed fish for another.

Beware Massachusetts fish fans: If you're buying or ordering red snapper, white tuna, local cod or haddock, there's a pretty good chance that's not what you're going to get.

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The Two-Way
12:32 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

World Bank: U.S. Fourth Friendliest Country For Business

The debate over regulation has been in the news lately, because it's been a point of conversation among the 2012 presidential candidates. The Republicans have said that over-regulation has kept businesses from expanding and creating jobs. But a new report from the World Bank that measures business regulation is throwing some cold water on the side that thinks the U.S. is a hostile place for business.

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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

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.