Public Radio International

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Public Radio International (PRI) "is an independent, nonprofit corporation governed by an international Board of Directors composed of business and community leaders. Like many nonprofits, we are funded by a combination of earned and contributed income.

"Of PRI's $22 million in annual revenues, approximately 21% is secured through grants and gifts, with 63% coming from earned revenues (station fees, investments, and miscellaneous income) and 14% from underwriting. The generous contributions foundations, corporations, and individuals make each year are essential to PRI. We are grateful for this vital support." [1]

"A small group of station leaders established PRI in 1983 to give listeners greater choice in radio programming than had been available. Prior to PRI's founding, NPR was the sole national distributor and, in most cases, carried only its own Washington, D.C.-based productions. PRI was the first organization to distribute locally-produced public radio programs nationally. Since then, PRI has launched more new programs from independent and station-based producers than any other network." [2]

They received a $1.25 million grant from the Ford Foundation in 2005.

Current Foundation Funders

Accessed September 2007: [3]


Accessed September 2007: [4]


Board Officers

Board of Directors

  • Henry Becton - President, WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Douglas Carlston - Chairman and CEO, Tawala Systems, San Rafael, California
  • Michael V. Ciresi - Chairman of the Executive Board, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Peter H. Darrow - Founding Partner, HMD Partners, Brooklyn, New York
  • Javier Escobedo - Managing Partner, OLE, LLC, New York, New York
  • James C. Hale III - Founding Partner, FTVentures, San Francisco, California
  • Philip G. Heasley - President and Chief Executive Officer, ACI Worldwide, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska
  • Deborah Hinton - Executive Vice President, Operations and CFO, KCET-TV, Los Angeles, California
  • Kathryn P. Jensen - Chief Operating Officer, ideastreamSM, 90.3 WCPN® and WVIZ/PBS, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Linda R. Larson - Senior Partner, Marten Law Group PLLC, Seattle, Washington
  • Charles R. Lawrence III - Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Kenneth Lehman - Managing Partner, KKP Group LLC, Chicago, Illinois
  • Alisa Miller - President and CEO, Public Radio International, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Deedie Rose - Community Volunteer, Dallas, Texas
  • Garrick Utley - President, The Levin Institute, The State University of New York, New York, New York
  • Stewart Vanderwilt - Director and General Manager, KUT Radio, Austin, Texas
  • Laura Walker - President and CEO, WNYC, New York Public Radio, New York, New York
  • Lawrence Wilkinson - Chairman, Heminge & Condell, San Francisco, California

Counselors at Large

Special Advisor

  • John Tusa - Managing Director, Barbican Arts Centre, London, England

Staff Officers

  • Lori Haskell - Vice President, Administration
  • Julia Mears - Vice President, Brand Management and Marketing Strategy
  • Melinda Ward - Senior Vice President, PRI Content
  • Cory Zanin - Executive Vice President, Operations and Strategy



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. Foundation Funders, Public Radio International, accessed September 24, 2007.
  2. FAQs, Public Radio International, accessed September 24, 2007.
  3. PRI's Current Foundation Funders, Public Radio International, accessed September 24, 2007.
  4. PRI Governance, Public Radio International, accessed September 24, 2007.