April 1, 2023

Staff Spotlight: Hannah Northup

As a member of WFYI, you power the stories you love and rely on; but someone has to produce, distribute, fundraise for and promote those stories. Each month here in the Insiders' Magazine, you'll see a series introducing you to the team here at WFYI. Learn about journalists, radio producers, administrative specialists and all the dedicated individuals who — alongside your support — bring you the shows you care about.

What does your work at WFYI usually entail?

As the Director of Human Resources, I develop and implement HR strategies, lead culture initiatives and activities, pilot employee development, coordinate policies that align to our mission, vision and values, and help our organization stay compliant.

Do you have any advice for those who'd like to follow in your footsteps?

Find a role that you are passionate about and work on your self development to get there — don't wait for others to do it for you. Make a plan, set goals and find an accountability partner that will support you and challenge you to do more.

What do you enjoy most about working at WFYI?

Working for an organization that I have been an avid listener and fan of is an incredible experience. Not only have I learned more about the programs we offer and share those with others, but I get the great privilege of learning about the people who I work with every day and their passion around providing programs, news and experiences for our communities. I learn something new every day and wake up excited to get to work.

When you're not at work, what can you often be found doing?

When I am not at work, I can be found spending time with my husband and two children at their various activities an during the spring and summer, it's the baseball field. I also love playing with our two golden retrievers in our Broad Ripple neighborhood. You may also find me working on my hobbies sewing, hanging wallpaper, working on a DIY project, traveling, playing the piano or spending more time with family.

If you had to take one WFYI program with you to a desert island, what would it be and why?

Great Performances! During the pandemic, when theaters were closed, performances weren't being conducted, and we weren't able to travel to new cities to see different programs, I enjoyed putting on Great Performances and introducing our children to the different forms of art including opera, ballet, the orchestra, etc. I love that we have this amazing collection of the arts at our fingertips.