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Community Advisory Board

Do you have a story idea for WYPR 88.1FM? Are you affiliated with a noteworthy organization or have a topic of discussion that should be featured on Baltimore’s NPR news station? WYPR wants to hear from you! On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, WYPR’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) will host its next Community Conversations event, where 6 community members will be invited to pitch a story that they feel deserves coverage on WYPR.

More information, including how to apply can be found here - https://www.wypr.org/events/2020-02-11/community-conversations-with-wyprs-community-advisory-board

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Your Public Radio Community Advisory Board ("CAB") serves as a vehicle for outreach to the communities served by WYPR, WTMD, and its affiliate stations.  It advises the station regarding programming and other matters affecting the community.  It has no managerial responsibilities or authority.  

The CAB meets bi-monthly from September through June, generally within a few days after the Board of Directors meeting. In addition to discussing Your Public Radio's operations and requesting feedback, representatives of the stations frequently make presentations to the CAB about their programs, content, and projects.

Additionally, CAB members have begun a series of conversations between WYPR's news and programming departments and members of the community for the purpose of informing WYPR's content creators about important issues in the community and the views of its citizens. This work provides new connections to the community for the news department and leads to segments on Midday and On The Record as well as other programs. This series of outreach meetings is called Community Conversations (also known as ascertainment) where different organizations present to the Your Public Radio staff, CAB, Board of Directors, and volunteers to share what they are doing successfully in our communities.

Community Advisory Board Purpose and Requirements
Community Advisory Boards, like Your Public Radio's CAB, are required to be formed pursuant to the federal law that established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The purpose of the CAB is to advise the station with respect to whether the programming and other policies of the station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station. The CAB is permitted to review the programming goals established by Your Public Radio, the service provided by Your Public Radio, and the significant policy decisions rendered by Your Public Radio. The CAB may make non-binding recommendations to Your Public Radio's management.

CAB members are a volunteer group of interested citizens and listeners who are appointed by the Your Public Radio's Board of Directors. The CAB is required to meet at regular intervals. The CAB deliberates independently of station management and the Board of Directors.  It determines its own agenda and elects its own leadership.

CAB By-laws

Community Advisory Board (CAB) Meetings 2023-2024
October 4, 2023
December 6, 2023
January 31, 2024
April 3, 2024
June 12, 2024

CAB meetings begin at 6:00 PM and will be held virtually and in person, rotating between WYPR and WTMD buildings. All meetings are open to the public.

If you'd like to attend a meeting of Your Public Radio's Community Advisory Board, please contact Heidi Sheppard at [email protected].

CAB Committee Meetings

Community Conversations/Ascertainment (Meetings begin at 4:00 PM)
January 16, 2024
April 9, 2024

CAB Recruitment Committee (Meetings begin at 4:00 PM) 
February 6, 2024
March 19, 2024
April 16, 2024

List of CAB Members for 2023-2024

Tammy C. Black - Chair
Vice President of Communications, Immune Deficiency Foundation

Wendy Jeffries - Vice-Chair
Executive Director, TasteWise Kids

Drew Alfgren
Retired, Faculty Librarian, UMBC

Alicia Arbaje
Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Ruth Coleman
Retired, Data Management and Reporting Senior Manager at T. Rowe Price

Kevin DaSilva
Country Manager, SBFC Hightech

Caroline Devereaux
Artist, Cat & Milk LLC

Clementine Fujimura
Anthropologist and Professor of Area Studies, Languages and Cultures, United States Naval Academy

Mia Gogel
Legislative and Policy Liaison, Office of the Baltimore County Executive

Tia Goodson
Senior Producer, Storyfarm

Kelly Gray
Associate Professor of History, Towson University

Virginia Green
Formula Services Manager, MHA/Navigator

Kristin Herber
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Insurance, Under Armour

Susan Holmes
Semi-Retired, Seamstress

Tom Klassen
Head Grower, Evermore Cannabis Company

Jennifer Lavella
Director of Marketing and Communications, Maryland Legal Aid

Alex Levas
Office Assistant, Baltimore County Department of Social Services

Margaret Mitchell
Teacher, Howard County Public Schools

Don Palmer
Professor, Montgomery College

Stephen R. Parnes
Community Advocate and Activist

Alan Smith-Hicks
Electronics Engineer, Department of Defense

Sally Stanfield
Co-Owner and Vice-President, Edrich Lumber, Inc. and
Edrich Farms, Inc.
Associate Attorney, Law Offices of Mark B. Martin, P. A.

Haowei Tong
Associate Director of Development, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Michael Williams III
Student, Community College Baltimore County Essex

Kevin Yang, CFA
Founder, KRY Properties