Colorado Public Radio Raises $1.19 Million for Max Wycisk Fellowships, Supporting Bright Future for Public Radio in Colorado

CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 2, 2018Colorado Public Radio (CPR) today announced the results of a recent campaign to sustain the growth of its fellowship program, which offers yearlong, paid opportunities for young professionals to learn and develop their skills. Over a span of seven months, the organization raised $1.19 million to guarantee a continual pipeline of public radio talent for years to come.

The campaign brought in more than $690,000 from 65 donors. CPR’s board of directors also authorized a matching-gift of $500,000 from the organization’s reserves. Combined, these funds provide sound financial backing for a long-term investment in the fellowships.

Colorado Public Radio started the fellowship program in 2015 as a means to advance talent development and secure a bright future for public radio in Colorado. CPR’s board of directors recently renamed the initiative – The Max Wycisk Fellowships – to honor former president Max Wycisk, who retired last month after 40 years of leadership. To-date, six graduates have completed fellowships, with two more starting this month. 

“We are heartened to know that people in Colorado value this effort to support the next generation of public radio professionals,” said Senior Vice President of Development Jim East. “Their generous and important investment strengthens The Max Wycisk Fellowships and ensures Colorado Public Radio’s quality standards and impactful community service will continue well into the future.”


Meet the Max Wycisk Fellows

Joella Baumann and Hayley Sanchez are the 2018 recipients of Max Wycisk Fellowships. Both will spend the upcoming year working in CPR’s newsroom. Baumann is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University; Sanchez graduated last spring from the University of Colorado. 

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