Lloyd Wright has more than four decades of service in public media. In his current role as President and CEO of WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis, he oversees Indiana’s flagship PBS and NPR member stations, which includes WFYI Productions — a full service media production facility; WFYI’s Community Engagement and Learning Services; Indiana Reading and Information services (IRIS) — a free service for Indiana’s print impaired; as well as the WFYI Foundation.
The longest-serving station manager in Indianapolis, Wright joined WFYI in 1988 as Director of Program Production. The following year, Lloyd was appointed WFYI’s President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition to his service at WFYI, Lloyd served for six years as Broadcast Operations Manager at WTTW (Chicago Public Television), was Producer/Director/Writer for the Indiana University News Bureau and Director of Instructional Broadcasting for the Indiana Department of Education.
Under Lloyd’s leadership, WFYI’s annual operating budget has grown from $2.5 million in 1988, to more than $11 million today. Additionally, WFYI relocated in 2008 to a state-of-the-art facility along “Broadcast Row” in downtown Indianapolis – now also home to more than a dozen tenant-partners; established an innovative partnership with The Economic Club of Indiana; and collaborated with countless community partners in areas of health, education, arts and culture, news and public affairs, as well as Indiana history. WFYI Public Media has also flourished as a multi-media content provider with its three distinct public television services, two HD public radio channels, interactive website and a growing array of social media assets.
In 2008, WFYI successfully completed a $20 million capital campaign, and was awarded a $900,000 Kresge Foundation Capital Grant. In recognition of its innovative fundraising practices and overall growth in membership and donor relations, WFYI has been honored with multiple PBS Development Awards, including the “Award of Excellence for Overall Membership.” Wright has been recognized with Emmy Awards for Technical Achievement and Station of Excellence, as well as two Sagamore of the Wabash honors, the highest award given by the Governor to recognize distinguished service to the state of Indiana. WFYI has also earned distinctions from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Society of Professional Journalists, the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, Associated Press and the Indiana Broadcasters Association and more. In October of 2013, Lloyd received the distinguished honor of being inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Association Pioneers Hall of Fame.
Lloyd has served multiple terms on the PBS Board of Directors, including the PBS Executive Committee, past chair of the board of National Datacast, Inc. (a PBS subsidiary), Chair of the Corporate Support Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of the Interconnection Committee, and member of the Station Services, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Wright is also a member of the American Public Television (APT) board of directors and currently serves as Chair Emeritus. Locally, Wright serves on the boards of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, The Economic Club of Indiana, and The Confucius Institute at IUPUI. Lloyd also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Central Christian Church in downtown Indianapolis.
Wright is the former chair of the Joint Licensee Group, made up of all the joint radio and TV stations in public broadcasting; as well as Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG), a consortium of 40 public television stations from the nation’s largest broadcast markets. Under his leadership, PTMMG expanded its membership and implemented two pilot programs designed to foster collaborative efforts in the creation of cultural and public affairs programs by the organization’s member stations. In recognition of his outstanding service, Lloyd was presented with PTMMG’s 2012 William Kobin Public Television Leadership Award.