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Community Advisory Board

The WYPR Community Advisory Board ("CAB") serves as a vehicle for outreach to the communities served by WYPR and its affiliate stations.  It advises the station regarding programing and other matters affecting the community.  It has no managerial responsibilities or authority.  Over the last two years the CAB's members have begun a series of meetings between the WYPR news department and members of the community for the purpose of informing the news department about important issues in the community and the views of its citizens. This work has provided new connections to the community for the news department and lead directly to segments on Maryland Morning and other WYPR programs.  This has also led to a series of meetings called Ascertainment where different organizations present to WYPR CAB, Board and volunteers to share what they are doing successfully in our communities.  View those meetings.

The CAB is presently exploring additional ways to connect the community to the station and to increase the diversity of the listening audience. The CAB meets bi-monthly from September through May, generally within a few days after a WYPR Board meeting.  All meetings are open to the public and the public is invited to attend. In addition to discussing WYPR's operations, representatives of the station frequently make presentations to the CAB about their programs and projects.  Guests during the last year include Tony Brandon, President and General Manager, Sheilah Kast, and Tom Hall,.

Community Advisory Board Purpose and Requirements
Community Advisory Boards like WYPR'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 WYPR, the service provided by WYPR, and the significant policy decisions rendered by WYPR. The CAB may make non-binding recommendations to WYPR's management. It has no managerial responsibilities or authority.

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

CAB By-laws

2017/2018 CAB Meetings held at WYPR  Offices

October 3, 2018
November 29, 2018
January 23, 2019
April 4, 2019 (Thursday meeting)
June 5, 2019

CAB Meeting Minutes can be found here.

WYPR is located at 2216 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD  21218

CAB Members

​Sara Farrell Baker
Blogger, No Purple Walls and Staff Writer, Scary Mommy

Muriel Berkeley, Ph.D.

Tammy C Black
Director of Development & Communications, The Hearing and Speech Agency

Shirley Brewer
Resident Poet, George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology

Beth Cavanaugh
Strategic Communications Manager, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Francis J. (Skip) Clarke, Jr.
Teacher (Retired), Baltimore City Public School System

Norma Cohen
Online Auction Assistant, Center Stage

Donna Clark
Retired High School Teacher

Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D.
Dean Emerita of Communications, Howard University

Caroline Devereaux
Artist, Cat & Milk LLC

Kelly Gray
Associate Professor of History, Towson University

Virginia Green

Angie Hamlet
Public Relations, Anne Arundel Community College

Wendy Jeffries
Executive Director, TasteWise Kids

Michael Karas

Gail Amalia Katz
Vice President (Retired), American Cancer Society

Tom Klassen
Licensed medical cannabis production

James ( Mac) McComas III
Program Coordinator, 21st Century Cities Initiative

Margaret Mitchell
Teacher, Howard County Public Schools

Dana Moulden
Director of Operations, Second Chance Inc.

Sandy Nichols
Professor of Mass Communications, Towson University

Don Palmer

Alexandra Price
Director of Annual & Affinity Giving, Goucher College

Kelly Baker Wise
University of Maryland School of Social Work