New York Public Radio Executive Team

Laura R. Walker

President & CEO, New York Public Radio

Laura R. Walker is President and CEO of New York Public Radio, the largest public radio station group in the nation. An independent and innovative nonprofit dedicated to providing high quality journalism, music and digital products, New York Public Radio reaches an audience of 14 million monthly.  Walker leads New York Public Radio during a period of dramatic growth and innovation. Under her leadership, New York Public Radio’s audience has grown from 1 million to 14 million, more than $100 million in campaigns has been raised for long term investment, and as NeimanLab’s Ken Doctor describes it, WNYC is on “innovation overdrive.” She has established New York Public Radio as a place that produces award-winning enterprise journalism, nurtures today’s most creative talent, and creates innovative products that bring the best of public radio to listeners everywhere.

Tom Bartunek

Vice President, Planning & Special Projects, New York Public Radio

Tom Bartunek is Vice President of Planning and Special Projects at New York Public Radio. Bartunek is responsible for working with the executive teams and brand leaders to assess strategic opportunities, analyze audience data, and advise on special programming projects and internal resource allocation that will enhance the multimedia company’s offering across all delivery platforms.

Dean Cappello

Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer, WNYC

Dean Cappello is Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer at WNYC/New York Public Radio. He is the chief executive responsible for the production and development of local, national, broadcast, online, mobile, and live event content for WNYC-FM, WNYC-AM, New Jersey Public Radio and wnyc.org.  Cappello has led WNYC’s content and programming division through a period of dramatic audience growth and creative success.  He also oversees strategy and programming for The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

Thomas Hjelm

Executive Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, New York Public Radio

Thomas Hjelm is Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at New York Public Radio (NYPR). Hjelm is responsible for setting strategy, cultivating strategic business opportunities that support the organization’s growth across all media platforms and for guiding digital strategy, innovation and operations for its properties.

Margaret Pomeroy Hunt

Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer, New York Public Radio

Margaret Pomeroy Hunt is Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer at New York Public Radio. Hunt oversees all fundraising and underwriting initiatives that support the organization’s operations, programming and aggressive growth plans. In addition to setting the strategy, Hunt oversees the day-to-day operations of New York Public Radio’s membership program, patron programs, major gifts, planned giving, government fundraising, foundation fundraising, special fundraising events and underwriting. 

Rachna Karrol

Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness

Rachna Karrol is Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness at New York Public Radio. In her role, she leads strategic efforts to attract, retain, and develop employees that reflect the high performance and standards of New York Public Radio. Karrol is responsible for facilitating organizational efficiencies that are consistent with the company’s culture of innovation and collaboration.

Graham Parker

General Manager, WQXR & Vice President, NYPR

Graham Parker is the General Manager of WQXR, the most listened to classical station in the country and New York’s only all-classical station. WQXR was acquired by New York Public Radio in 2009 and quickly established itself as an essential part of the New York Public Radio family of brands. Over the past two years, Parker has overseen and implemented an ambitious growth plan that puts WQXR front and center in New York’s thriving classical music scene.

Michele Rusnak

Chief Financial Officer & VP of Finance, Administration & Business Affairs, New York Public Radio

Michele Rusnak is Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance, Administration and Business Affairs at New York Public Radio.   In her role, Rusnak oversees strategic planning and day-to-day operations for several key departments within the organization including - Finance, Legal, Engineering Broadcasting, Business Technology and Facilities.