Laura R. Walker
President & CEO, New York Public Radio
Biography
Laura R. Walker is President and CEO of New York Public Radio: the largest public radio station group in the nation, and a major producer of audio content for both radio and on-demand audiences. Under her leadership, New York Public Radio has increased its monthly audience to almost 26 million, raised close to $150 million in long-term investments, and led as one of the most influential producers of podcasts since the earliest days of the medium. Ms. Walker has established New York Public Radio as a place that produces award-winning, impactful enterprise journalism; nurtures today’s most creative talent; champions classical music, and creates innovative products that bring the best of audio to listeners everywhere.
Laura R. Walker
President & CEO, New York Public Radio
The Power of the Personal Narrative

WNYC CEO Laura Walker shares the story of her son's battle with cancer and why she believes that sharing personal stories is so important. "How do you take the tough challenges and make something that's not just better for yourself but for the world?" It’s through our stories that we’re able to unlock insights and make sense of larger issues. WNYC acts as today’s modern public square, where difficult topics such as the housing crisis or genetic testing are shared through a personal narrative, allowing listeners to empathize and connect to the issues explored and ultimately join a larger community discussion that often leads to reform.