NPR names Gray as new development director

Robert K. “Bert” Gray
Robert K. “Bert” Gray

Northern Public Radio has named Robert K. “Bert” Gray as its new development director.

Gray is a seasoned public- and not-for-profit agency administrator and fundraiser. He brings experience in communications, marketing, planning, personnel and project management to the NIU-based broadcast service consisting of WNIJ (89.5 FM), WNIU (90.5 FM) and NIRIS (Northern Illinois Radio Information Service).

His proven record of leadership – most recently in the central Illinois public broadcasting community – includes legislative advocacy, intergovernmental cooperation and collaborative community partnerships.

As development director, Gray oversees all fundraising functions of the organization, from individual and business support to planned and estate giving, corporate matching gift programs, vehicle donation and more. Gray fills the development position recently held by Staci Hoste, who was named Northern Public Radio’s director and general manager in October.

In this new role, Gray says he looks forward to “helping listeners decide how best to support this great radio resource we have in WNIJ/WNIU/NIRIS.”

Northern Public Radio is the broadcast service of Northern Illinois University.

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