General Manager Newsletter | April 2017 
  Updates from the General Manager
Christina Kuzmych 
General Manager  
Wyoming Public Media
Celebrating 50 Years

"WPR connects us with other people and current events in WY, the only radio station to provide good coverage across our state. We also listen to NPR as our first choice when we travel to other states, as our most valuable and reliable source of news and current affairs. We enjoy the special programs such as Fresh Air and others, and often use the NPR app to listen to past programs we had missed. Our electeds should recognize the importance of WPR as a unifying, wide-reaching media that brings Wyomingites together, and an essential service, worthy of public (federal and state) funding.

Nancy Leon - Wilson, Wyoming

A Wrap On The Spring Fund Drive 
Huzzah! The Spring Membership Drive has officially wrapped up. Thank you to everyone who made a pledge and supported all of our services. We truly have the best members in the country.                                      
Garrison Keillor Visits Laramie
Garrison Keillor visited the University of Wyoming on April 7 for An Evening with Garrison Keillor. The event was sponsored by WPM, 7220 Entertainment, First Interstate Bank, and Toyota of Laramie.

Photo: Dr. Stephanie Andersen of UW and Baroness Katherine Ashton with Garrison Keillor                                
Peabody Finalist
WPM's Education Reporter, Tennessee Watson, is a Peabody Finalist in the radio/podcast category for The Heart Radio's series, Silent Evidence. This is what Tennessee was doing before joining the WPM team. Of 1200 entries there were 60 finalists and 30 winners will be announced over the coming month.
Murrow Award Winners
Congratulations to our news department for their latest Murrow Awards.  Aaron Schrank and Melodie Edwards were this year’s recipients. You can read about their winning submissions here. This is testament to the excellence of our news department. Hats off, to all the news team!
Celebrity Reader
Cultural Affairs Director Micah Schweizer was the featured “celebrity reader” at the Albany County’s annual Dine & Discover event on March 30. The event brings together the families of kids who are part of after school programs for a meal and a story. (And each child gets to take a book home.) Micah read Marita Engle’s Drum Dream Girl, which tells the true story of Cuba’s first female drummer, who had to overcome gender stereotypes to play the instruments and music she loved.
Exploring The Great Frontier
Congratulations to Cultural Affairs intern Caitlin Tan. Right after her May graduation from the University of Wyoming, she’s headed to Naknek, Alaska for her first public radio job: fish reporter. Caitlin will spend the summer covering the seasonal fishing industry for KDLG in Dillingham (which is across the river from Naknek but requires a plane ride to get to). Caitlin says “ever since interning at Wyoming Public Radio I knew without a doubt I wanted to report for public radio. I'm really excited to explore new country and report on all things fish!” We wish her all the best!
HumaNature in Denmark
Our podcast HumaNature was honored to be part of a “radio cinema” at a major European art museum on April 19. The ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark selected our story about how the trees of Melbourne, Australia each have their own email address,  as one of three shows that played at the radio cinema. The event was part of the ARoS Triennial, focusing on depictions of nature throughout history. Mange tak!
HumaNature On KUT Austin
The newest HumaNature special aired on KUT in Austin, TX on April 20. This was the second time that HumaNature aired on KUT.
Wyoming Sounds Host Featured on NPR
Sharon Martinson was featured on NPR's All Things Considered for the research she has been doing with women in Panama. Sharon is a Host for Wyoming Sounds, a traveling musician, and a scientist at Dartmouth College... Listen Here 

Sharon Martinson | Wyoming Sounds Host
Sharon Martinson is a host of Wyoming Sounds, playing new and used music, specializing in American Folk. A touring musician herself, she leads The Littlest Birds with her flock of banjos. Dr. Martinson is also a visiting scholar & research ecologist at Dartmouth College, living and working for parts of the year in Central and South America, where she also plays music and gathers new tunes for the Wyoming Sounds collection. Single mom of a new student at UW, and a Wyoming native, she's back in her home state, and happy to bring music to your ears.     
Cooper McKim | Natural Resources & Energy Reporter
Cooper McKim has reported for NPR stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and now Wyoming. In South Carolina, he covered recovery efforts from a devastating flood in 2015. Throughout his time, he produced breaking news segments and short features for national NPR. Cooper recently graduated from Tufts University with degrees in Environmental Policy and Music. He's an avid jazz piano player, backpacker, and podcast listener.                                          
Darrah Perez| Freelance Reporter
Darrah J. Perez is a freelance contributor to WPM and is a published native spiritual author. Her tribal affiliation is Blackfeet, Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone. She's also a reporter for Pitchengine and County 10 news. She lives in Ethete on the Wind River Reservation.                                         

School Districts Forced To Make Hard Choices About Cuts
Every superintendent will tell you the goal is to keep cuts far away from the classroom and to hang on to as many teachers as possible... Listen Here
30 Women Accuse Casper Police Department Of Mishandling Sexual Assaults Cases
In the last year, over 30 women have approached the Casper City Council to express their frustration with how the Casper Police Department dealt with their sexual assault cases... Listen Here
Energy Economist Says Coal Isn't Coming Back
At a presentation at the University of Wyoming’s Energy Innovation Center, an energy economist argued that the coal industry will likely never recover to previous levels.... Read More
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Thank You New & Renewing Underwriters!
Ballet Wyoming, Carbon County Higher Education Center, Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir, Gem City Roofing, Off Square Theatre Company, Pearl Street Bagels, Targhee Music Foundation, Teton Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The Pedal House, University of Wyoming Symphony Association, Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Nonprofit Network, WyoWriters, Wyoming Weed and Pest Council.

Spring Fund Drive Business Challengers: Abintra Psychological Associates, Best Western Outlaw Inn and Open Range Restaurant, Big Hollow Blues Show, Blue Ribbon Tree Service, Cony Corporation, Creative Energies, Dixon & Dixon, LLP, Edwards Development and Grand View Heights, Gem City Roofing, Gillette Pet/Vet Clinic, Hurich Law Office, Jen Ten Productions, Messenger and Overfield Attorneys at Law, Mountain Sports of Casper, Mudock Law Firm, Neubauer, Pelkey, and Goldfinger, LLP, Pepper Tank & Contracting Company, Pullen Services, Rob Murphy Painting, Shively Hardware, Technical Forestry Services, The Clear Creek Group and TCCG Real Estate, Tiger Tree Land Management, The Longhorn Ranch Lodge and RV Resort, Vibrant Events, Wandering Hermit Books and Gifts, Wendtland and Wendtland, LLP, and Wind River Radiology.
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