A Message From the President

What a fabulous way to ring in the new year! We just received more generous support from two great community partners that will allow us to keep doing what we do – tell meaningful stories that impact people’s lives.

As you’ll read about in this month’s magazine, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has awarded us another $600,000 two-year grant to continue our Side Effects health reporting initiative. That will allow our team to stay in place and keep digging into health care issues that affect us all.

Equally gratifying is the $25,000 grant we’ve received from the Indianapolis Rotary Club Foundation that enables us to develop a recurring, interactive field trip program about Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor at the Indiana History Center complete with screenings of our “Eva” documentary and a virtual reality experience. It’s simply amazing how this film continues to touch people, and we’re thrilled that it will live on long beyond our original broadcast.

In addition to all these serious topics, January is a time to enjoy some great new entertainment as well. I’m excited about the season premieres for “Victoria,” “Finding Your Roots,” “Doc Martin” and other shows coming up. I hope you are, too.

If you’re not a big college football fan, then WFYI 1 may be the place for you to settle in on New Year’s Day. We’ve got a full day of great programs lined up that will keep you glued to your tube (can you still say that these days?). And at the end of the month, I encourage you to check out our new Small Studio Sessions documentary January 31. It highlights a lot of the up-and-coming performers in the area, and there are a lot of great musicians in and around Indy!

Thanks again for being part of another year with us. We continue to look for ways to serve you and make the most of your financial support. Happy New Year!


Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO