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Rebecca Walz

Rebecca Walz

Director of Membership and Major Giving

I am the director of Membership and Major Giving at the station.

I started my career in public media while studying for my graduate degree at Michigan State University. As a child growing up watching Electric Company and listening to Minnesota Public radio, I knew I had found the perfect career. My first “real” job was director of programming for a public television station in Appleton, Minnesota. I then moved on to WLVT in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where I served as vice president of programming for eight years. I eventually transitioned to public radio fundraising and spent several years managing membership programs at stations in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Just prior to joining WFAE, I had moved into the consulting world as a fundraising strategist for Allegiance Group. This position allowed me to share my passion for public media and fundraising knowledge with a portfolio of clients, including public radio, public television and a statewide news network.

I strongly believe in the mission of nonprofit radio, television and journalism. In my heart, I know that a free press is the foundation of our democracy. It is this strong belief that has driven my long and successful career in public media.

When I'm not working, I like to spend as much time as possible outside. I'm an avid hiker and rock climber. I also enjoy performing arts, independent films and watching the NFL with my son, Jackson, and our kitty, Phoenix.