"Working with Whistleblowers" Training Opportunity + Organizational Updates from PRPD Staff

'Tis the season for flannel sheets, fund drives, and impeachment hearings!

We know you've been in it up to your elbows at your stations, and your work would make Santa proud. Here at PRPD we've been working hard to create opportunities to support your work and impact.

PRPD is thrilled to announce an exciting upcoming training opportunity. We also have some important internal organizational updates to share. Read on...



Upcoming Training Opportunity:
Working with Whistleblowers

WNYC, PRPD and PMJA invite public radio journalists, content makers, editors and their collaborators to join us for a special webinar on working with whistleblowers. WNYC’s Matt Katz will interview Dana Gold from the Government Accountability Project in a conversation brought to you from WNYC’s Greene Space on December 12, at 12 noon Eastern. The conversation and subsequent Q&A will be streamed on Zoom as a webinar. 

The Government Accountability Project is a leading whistleblower advocacy organization, promoting government and corporate accountability by both protecting whistleblowers and ensuring their disclosures make a difference. In her role as Senior Counsel and Director of Education, Ms. Gold not only represents whistleblowers (she is currently representing three Department of Homeland Security whistleblowers who have raised concerns about systemic risk of harm to children and adult migrants in detention), but also focuses more broadly on educating key stakeholders about whistleblowing and the essential role whistleblowers play in promoting accountability and a functional democracy. 

Ms. Gold will offer some key insights about working with whistleblowers, and afterwards, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A. Space is limited. We look forward to “seeing” you on December 12, at 12noon Eastern. 

Please sign up here.

Thank you, 

Melissa, Abby and Terry

Organizational Update from Abby Goldstein, President & Executive Director

In an effort to ensure we are using our modest resources in the best way possible and to create efficiency and scale for the size of the organization, PRPD is undergoing a staff reorganization. We are bringing all of our business, finance and operations functions in-house and we have hired a new Business and Operations Manager Mollie Pollack. Mollie has about 10 years of mission based community nonprofit work and an MBA from Chatham University under her belt and I am confident that she will keep PRPD running smoothly. Mollie can be reached at mpollack@prpd.org and you can always contact me directly at agoldstein@prpd.org if you have questions, issues, concerns or feedback.

Unfortunately, this means the position of Director of Membership and Operations has been eliminated and PRPD is losing Jessica Frantz effective Nov. 15. To say that Jessica has been instrumental in the life of PRPD would be an understatement. During her time with PRPD, she willingly and enthusiastically jumped in to make sure that PRPD was doing its best to serve its members. She has been an excellent partner, especially as we produced the 2019 Content Conference. Her mark will on PRPD will be seen for a long time to come and my greatest hope is that she is able to stay in public media. I know you all will join me in wishing Jessica nothing but the best.


Abby Goldstein
President & Executive Director


I just want to say thank you. Thank you for all of your efforts on behalf of your stations and public radio at large. Thank you for being great clients, colleagues, and, for many of you, friends. As you can imagine, it’s been an extraordinary privilege to enjoy this vantage point. The opportunity to serve and partner with you at a time of tremendous change has been inspirational and I’ve learned a lot from you all. While I understand that PRPD needs to chart a new course, I continue to believe in the power of public media and the difference a dedicated group of individuals can make in our communities and our culture. I’m rooting for you and your stations. I’ll be continuing to work in public media and I sincerely hope we cross paths again someday.

Best regards,

Jessica Rugh Frantz