Laura R. Walker was elected to the Board of Directors in July 2014. At that time, she was appointed to the Compensation Committee and has, since January 2018, also served on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.
Walker was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Public Radio, and oversaw one of the largest public radio franchises in the country, comprised of eight radio stations, including WNYC, the nation’s most listened to talk/news public radio station and WQXR, New York City’s classical music station. NYPR produces a portfolio of award-winning radio, digital and live content that reaches an audience of 14.2 million monthly. It also produces a range of live news, cultural and musical programming in its state-of-the-art events venue, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
Under Walker’s leadership, NYPR developed groundbreaking programming that has changed the sound of public radio, including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio and The Takeaway, and has been honored with numerous awards, including seven George Foster Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Awards for its journalistic work.
Walker began her professional career as a journalist and producer at National Public Radio, where she received a Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence. In 1983, she joined the staff of Carnegie Hall, where she launched the award-winning series AT&T Presents Carnegie Hall Tonight. She joined the Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop) in 1987, where for eight years she worked on programming and development initiatives, and led the organization’s efforts to establish a cable television channel (now Noggin).
Walker sits on the New York Public Radio Board of Trustees and the boards of Saint Ann’s School and the Yale Center for Customer Insights. She is the Chair of the Station Resource Group. Previously, Walker sat on the Board of Advisors for the Yale School of Management, the Board of Trustees for Education Development Center and the Board of Directors for Public Radio International, the Women’s Forum of New York and the Hudson Square Connection.