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RFA 2020 Corps Member Sarah Y. Kim Joins WYPR

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Funding supported by the Anthony Brandon Fellowship Fund honoring former station president and general manager

(Baltimore, Md) – WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore’s NPR news station, welcomes reporter Sarah Y. Kim to its newsroom as part of Report for America (RFA), a national service program that places emerging journalists into local news organizations to report on under-covered issues and communities. Kim will join the news team in reporting on health and housing issues in Baltimore.

“A core aim of WYPR is to broaden the diversity of perspective in reporting on issues that matter to the present and future of the greater Baltimore community. As such, we look forward to welcoming Sarah Kim, who will be an important contributor to our coverage of such critical areas as health and housing in Baltimore,” said WYPR President & General Manager LaFontaine E. Oliver. “Sarah's appointment further fulfills a key component of the Anthony Brandon Fellowship Fund which was established to foster the next generation of respected and accomplished journalists."

Kim completes her degree in May at The Johns Hopkins University where she studied writing and international studies. Kim has served as the editor-in-chief for The Johns Hopkins News-Letter, the student-run independent weekly newspaper, for the past year and the opinions editor for the past two years. Kim’s writing talents earned her the 2018 Louis Azrael Fellowship in Communications, presented to three students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

"WYPR demonstrates every day its commitment to bringing fact-based insight and perspective to local, national and international news that impact our audience," said Danyell Irby, WYPR Executive Director of News. "By combining aspiring young journalists like Sarah Kim with the station's veteran news editors and reporters, we are strengthening WYPR's reputation as the definitive source for news and information across our region." 

WYPR is one of 162 host news organizations across 45 states and Puerto Rico selected for the 2020 program, and one of five based in Maryland. The 2020 program includes 225 reporters chosen after a highly selective national competition that drew more than 1,800 applications. Leading journalists, editors and academics from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds and different media platforms acted as judges.

WYPR’s ability to participate in this year’s Report for America program is supported by the Anthony Brandon Fellowship Fund, named in honor of Anthony “Tony” Brandon, the former president and general manager of WYPR. The Fund was established in 2019 by WYPR's Board of Directors with support from friends and benefactors of the station in honor of Brandon's 17 years of service to WYPR and Baltimore.

About WYPR

WYPR is a National Public Radio station serving Baltimore, the state of Maryland, and beyond. WYPR was founded in 2002 by local community members. It is an independent licensee with a diverse Board of Directors consisting of Maryland residents. In addition to airing national and international radio features, WYPR excels in local programming including its news, public affairs, and cultural programs. WYPR is located at 88.1 FM on the radio dial and at 2216 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. As a listener-supported radio station, all contributions to the station are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information, visit www.wypr.org or call 410-235-1660. 

About Report for America

Report for America is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities. Launched in 2017 and donor-financed, Report for America is creating a new, sustainable system that provides Americans with the information they need to improve their communities, hold powerful institutions accountable, and rebuild trust in the media. Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. GroundTruth is an award-winning nonprofit media organization with an established track record of training and supporting teams of emerging journalists around the world and in the US. To learn more about Report for America and its efforts to strengthen communities through public service journalism, visit www.reportforamerica.org.

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