Terry Gildea Named Executive Director. Business Manager Christine Diers Promoted to Full-time. PRNDI Takes Steps to Form Non-profit Public Media Journalists Foundation.
The Board of Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) has unanimously named Terry Gildea the organization’s first full-time Executive Director.
Gildea is the current president of PRNDI and has served on the board for five years. He was news director at KUER in Salt Lake City for six years and will leave his current post as program director at KLCC in Eugene, Oregon to lead PRNDI full-time. His career in public media spans fourteen years.
The PRNDI board has also promoted Christine Diers to full-time business manager. Diers has served PRNDI in a part-time capacity for more than 20 years. Before working for PRNDI, Diers was a public radio news director in North Dakota. In addition to working part-time for PRNDI, Diers has spent the last 20-plus years working with various other non-profit organizations in marketing, management and fundraising positions.
Together Gildea and Diers will work to build the financial resources and national profile of PRNDI. They will begin their roles with PRNDI on July 1, 2018.
The PRNDI board is also in the final stages of forming a non-profit foundation known as the Public Media Journalists Foundation. Its purpose will be to cultivate and sustain news leaders and elevate quality journalism in local and regional public media. Application for 501(c) 3 status is pending. Non-profit status will allow for growth of the organization through expanded grants and sponsorship partnerships.
“For more than three decades, PRNDI has been largely an all-volunteer organization, formed to give news managers at public radio member stations a voice. The organization has been run by board members who also hold full-time management positions at member stations,” said Rachel Osier Lindley, PRNDI treasurer.
“As current board members, we organize training opportunities throughout the year and the annual PRNDI conference. We’ve seen record-breaking PRNDI Conference attendance in recent years, and it’s become the largest annual gathering place for public media journalists,” said Lindley. “While we’re proud of that work, the board also recognized we had reached our capacity on what could be accomplished without full-time staff in place," said George Bodarky, former PRNDI president and current board member.
"The board felt it was important to maintain consistent leadership,” Bodarky said. “Terry has served PRNDI well for five years. He is already in the process of leading critical projects forward, and the board firmly thought it would be detrimental to the future of PRNDI to interrupt that flow. The board believes Terry is qualified for the job and fully understands the immediate needs of PRNDI. I and the rest of board have full confidence in Terry and Christine as they move forward with building PRNDI into the organization it was meant to be.”
“PRNDI has been an important part of my life ever since I attended my first conference as a news director," said Terry Gildea. “While this organization has a history of advocating for news directors, we are now attracting a larger audience: reporters, producers and editors, in the audio and digital realm.”
“I want PRNDI to become an organization that serves all journalists in public media. As executive director, I plan to put all of my time and energy into developing PRNDI’s future,” Glidea said. “I am excited and humbled to have this amazing opportunity.”
“I’m so happy that the board has taken this step to institute a full-time staff,” said Christine Diers. “The PRNDI membership, and the public media system as a whole, deserve all of our time and energy.”
Gildea will step down as president at PRNDI’s annual conference later this month. Members will elect a new president, along with two at-large positions and the medium station representative. The 2018 PRNDI Conference will take place in Philadelphia, June 20-22.