NPR boss among Rockford’s ‘20 people’ to know

Staci Hoste. Photo by Bill Rosemeier for rrstar.com.

Staci Hoste.
Photo by Bill Rosemeier for rrstar.com.

Staci Hoste, named director and general manager of Northern Public Radio exactly one year ago, was honored Thursday night as one of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s “Twenty People You Should Know.”

Hoste and the 19 others “contribute to the civic, economic and cultural vitality of the Rockford area,” according to the chamber. “These are people who are actively involved in moving the community forward, standing out in the crowd, and taking time to mentor others.”

A Sycamore native and NIU alumnae, Hoste came to NPR in 2008 as director of development. She quickly impressed station staff and university administrators alike with her energy, creativity and ability to make important connections for the stations in the communities they serve.

The five-station Northern Public Radio network is owned and operated by NIU.

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