Governance | Board of Directors

The Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc., d/b/a Blue Ridge Public Radio Board of Directors is legally responsible for the governance of BPR as a nonprofit corporation. It also holds the FCC broadcast licenses for the radio stations operating as BPR News & BPR Classic. The operation and organization of the Board is outlined in its bylaws.

The Board members are selected for their commitment to the mission and goals of BPR, and for their expertise in various fields. The individual Directors serve as volunteers. The standing Board and Committee meetings are listed below for the current operating year of October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. If special or additional meetings are called outside of this standing schedule, they will be posted here.

Blue Ridge Public Radio 2020-2021 Board of Directors Meetings
January 28, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
March 25, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
June 24, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
September 23, 2021, 12:00 p.m

Full 2020-2021 Board and Committee Master Calendar

*UPDATE: The June 17, 2021 Finance Committee meeting has been moved to June 14, 2021 to facilitate calendaring conflicts with staff training and other meetings.*

All meetings are open to the public. Meeting minutes are available for inspection at the BPR offices or upon request to During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are being held virtually.  In order to attend these meetings, please contact to join. 

For more information about BPR Governance or to contact the Board of Directors, please call 828-210-4800 during regular business hours, write to the address listed below, or email 

Board of Directors
Blue Ridge Public Radio
73 Broadway Street
Asheville, NC 28801

2020-2021 Board of Directors

John Noor, Chair, Asheville, NC
Travis Childs, Vice Chair, Asheville, NC
Jack Ewing,  Treasurer, Lake Junaluska, NC
Deborah Wright, Secretary, Asheville, NC
Justin BellemeAsheville, NC

Carol Burton, Cullowhee, NC

Sandra Byrd, Asheville, NC

Ellen Carr, Asheville, NC
Adriana Chavela, Asheville, NC
Travis Childs III, Black Mountain, NC
Jeannie Dubose, Montreat, NC
Elin Gabriel, Bryson City, NC
Robert Hooper, Asheville, NC
MaryAnn Kiefer, ex officio, Asheville NC
Diane Mance, Asheville, NC
Scott Marks, Hendersonville, NC
Joe McGuire, Asheville, NC
Bill Medina, Hendersonville, NC

Parker Platt, Brevard, NC
Charlie Rowe, Asheville, NC
Tara Theodossis, Asheville, NC
Angi West, Asheville, NC