WABE Announces New Advisory Council

Ann Cramer to lead expanded council, representative of WABE’s diverse audience

ATLANTA (June 2022)—To support its ongoing efforts to connect Atlantans to Atlanta, WABE, Atlanta’s choice for NPR and PBS and original Atlanta stories, is pleased to announce the expansion and refocus of its WABE Advisory Council. This expanded council, led by longtime Atlanta civic and cultural leader and Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative, Board Member Ann Cramer, will provide feedback and guidance to WABE’s CEO/President Jennifer Dorian and leadership team on how the station’s radio (90.1FM), online (wabe.org) and television (WABE TV) content can better inform, inspire, reflect and empower Atlanta.

Seventeen new members from across the greater Atlanta area, including student representatives from Atlanta Public Schools, Decatur Public Schools and other local institutions, join an existing group, formerly chaired by former Atlanta Public School Superintendent and University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis. Davis worked closely with new chair Cramer and Dorian to reshape the council to better reflect the diversity of cultures and communities that make up Atlanta.

“Erroll Davis was instrumental in pushing WABE to make our Advisory Council even more representative of our community by expanding its size and outreach,” said WABE CEO/President Jennifer Dorian. “His leadership led us to a place where we can now welcome new voices to the table as WABE works to advance equity through our reporting and storytelling. Our new chair, Ann Cramer, is respected across Atlanta as someone who brings people together around solutions and progress. WABE’s role as a trusted Atlanta public resource will only be strengthened by the connections she and the WABE Advisory Council help us build.”

Members of the WABE Advisory Council include:

Ann Cramer, ChairKarstin Bodell, Retired, IBM
Andrew Feiler, AETC BoardKay Pippin, Retired President, Henry Co. Chamber
Aaron Shackelford, Dir, Georgia Tech ArtsKenny Blank, Exec Dir, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Alina Lee, Founding Board Chair, We Love Buford HighwayKim Anderson, Principal, Chrysalis Lab
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Partner, Lawrence & Bundy LLCLarry Stewart, Sr. Principal, Slalom Consulting
Anthony Rodriguez, Executive Director, HUB404 ConservancyLeroy Lamar, Exec Dir, Comprehensive Community Care
Asmirah Davis, Founder, Majority AgencyLoretta Parham, CEO/Director, ATL Univ Ctr Woodruff Library
Ayden Leibert, Student, Jackson High SchoolLouis Gump, SVP/GM, Cox Media
Chris Perlera, Principal, Critical Point ConsultingMadelyn Adams, Sr Dir, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente
Claudia Patton, Chief Talent Advisor, EdelmanMarcus Cook, Student, Jackson High School
Ebony Blanding, Filmmaker, House of JuneMichael Walbert, VP, Experience, Rock the Bells
Ed Chang, Exec Dir, redefinEDNour Khalifa, Student, GA Tech (Fall ’22)
Eleanor A. Jones, Student, Drew CharterRaveena Alli, Student, Atlanta Girls School
Erroll Davis, Ex-Officio, WABE Advisory CouncilRohit Malhotra, Exec Dir., Center for Civic Innovation
Eshe’ Collins, Chair, Atlanta Board of EducationShirley Anne Smith, Exec Dir, Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation
Fatima Safdar, Student, Emory (Fall ’22)Samantha Ramirez-Herrera CEO/Founder OffThaRecord Storytelling Studio
Gale Fox Barnett, Principal, Reynard InvestmentsSultan Ziyad, Student, GA Tech (Fall ’22)
Jason Bernstein, Partner, Barnes & ThornburgTarsha Calloway, VP, Philanthropy, Tessitura Network
John Brewer, Chairman/CEO, Vantage Private CapitalTim Hynes, Retired, President Emeritus Clayton State Board of Regents
Jose Funes, Student, Rockdale CoDr. Tommy Thomas, Asst Prof of Neurology/Neurosurgery, Emory

WABE’s almost 75-year history is a story of continuous evolution to ensure the station and its stories remain reflective of all of Atlanta,” said new WABE Advisory Council Chair Ann Cramer. “I’m honored to be a part of this incredible group of leaders and committed citizens who are ready to lend time and talent to helping WABE further community and civic participation.”

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WABE, formerly Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA), operates public media stations WABE (90.1FM) and WABE TV (Channel 30), Atlanta’s original, independent, non-profit sources for news and local stories and choice for NPR and PBS. Our stations deliver fact-based journalism and inclusive, engaging, cultural content that informs, inspires, reflects, and empowers the millions who call the Greater Atlanta area home. WABE’s programs, podcasts, and events make Atlanta’s stories and storytellers accessible and relevant across a variety of platforms for our diverse audience of listeners, viewers, visitors, and members. Go to www.wabe.org for additional information.