A Message From the President

If you’ve been a WFYI member for long, then you know that we don’t like to “toot our own horn” very often, but when good things happen to the great people in this organization, it’s only right to share it with you. This spring, we’ve had numerous members of our News and TV Production departments recognized for their outstanding work over the last year, and we could not be any prouder.

After being honored last month as the Associated Press’ Outstanding News Operation, WFYI has now been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) with several more awards and nominations. You can read more in later pages, but let me take a moment to highlight Jake Harper’s impressive work with our Side Effects health reporting team.

One of Jake’s stories about undocumented immigrants with kidney disease really resonated with people, and caught the attention of many judges. The SPJ recognized it with a Sigma Delta Chi Award, one of just 85 handed out nationally from more than 1,300 submissions. He also received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and will soon find out if he’s won a national Murrow Award.

It’s this kind of journalism we work hard to provide to you every day, and it’s the kind of reporting that would not be possible without the financial support of people like you and organizations like the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation that is helping fund our Side Effects initiative. It is with deep appreciation that I say “thank you” for contributing to WFYI and making these stories possible.

In late June, we will know how many Emmys we’ve won from the 22 for which we’ve been nominated, and if it was possible, I would hand one out to every one of our members. You deserve them just as much as we do, so thanks again. I hope you’ll take a bow.

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO