Dear Members and Friends,
We’re in a good state here at MPR | APM. Your loyalty and generosity have allowed us to remain a steadfast beacon as we operate and invest in the strength and growth of our marvelous public media resource. Over the last year, the team at MPR | APM brought you trusted and compelling reporting as well as superb classical and new music. All are now more crucial than ever.
During one of the most turbulent years in American history, we offered a steady and strong presence. The entire organization worked hard to bring you courageous and ethical reporting. We shared unbiased and informed reporting about COVID-19, quarantining and the deep divide caused by vaccines. We brought you balanced and up-to-the-minute election results and regional stories with national importance. We were able to be here for you because you were here for us.
Of course, our work involves so much more. We are learning to lean into our expanding communities to bring you their stories and experiences. We introduced you to new talent and fresh content across national and regional news, local programming, and classical music and new music. We share your commitment to values like public service and curiosity, and our focus on empowering our communities and celebrating our connections is unwavering. Your generous giving keeps us independent, allowing us to be for people, not for profit.
We’ve got other kinds of work to do as well, because we’ve not only reported the news, we’ve been in the news. We applaud those who spoke up with courage and conviction, who named the ways we could do better. It isn’t always easy to acknowledge how systems can serve some while negatively impacting others, but we listened—and we recommitted to living up to our values of acting with integrity, acknowledging and correcting our mistakes, and making changes. We want what you want: positive participation for all—our audiences, employees and communities.
As any grammar nerds out there will know, work is not only a noun, it’s an active verb, and here at MPR, we take our verbs seriously. We are committed to good and strong verbs like listen, create, support, nourish, connect, provoke, change, serve and celebrate, just to name a few. And what better place than an annual report to celebrate you, our generous listeners, who make our work possible. Your commitment has left us in a strong position to continue our critical work.
The same can be said of the legacy of Jon McTaggart, whose 14 years of leadership left us in such a vibrant place. His vision and intelligence built a strong foundation that allows us to serve you, the people and our communities.
MPR | APM Board Chair
When Jon retired in late summer, we were delighted that Jean Taylor joined us as our new president and CEO of American Public Media Group. Jean’s deep commitment to our public service mission, our organization, our team members and our donors makes her the perfect leader as we continue to grow the ways we serve the public. We are in good hands.
Thanks to you, we are in a good state here at MPR | APM. Your unflagging generosity in tempestuous times gives us the foundation to remain a strong and steady beacon in this mercurial world.
We can’t wait to continue our work together as we move creatively and positively into our shared and vibrant future.