Washington, D.C. – WEBWIRE – Friday, December 31, 2021
NPR is proud to announce that LaFontaine E. Oliver has been elected by the NPR Board of Directors to a second term as Chair of the Board. Oliver first joined the Board in November of 2016, serving as a Member Director.
Jeff Sine was elected as Vice-Chair of the Board. Sine first joined the Board in May of 2017, serving as a Public Director.
NPRs 23-member Board of Directors is composed of 12 Member Directors who are managers of NPR Member stations, 9 Public Directors who are prominent members of the public, the NPR Foundation Chair, and the NPR President & CEO.
LaFontaine E. Oliver
LaFontaine E. Oliver was named president and general manager of WYPR in Baltimore in July of 2019, after 6 years at WMFE in Orlando, Florida. During his first year, Oliver helped launch a new health reporting desk and the weekday podcast, The Daily Dose, as a vital source of the most relevant news to the community about the COVID-19 health pandemic and the states response. Recently Oliver led efforts to acquire WTMD from Towson University in an effort to preserve the beloved music discovery format. The deal for the purchase of WTMD closed in November of 2021 bringing the two powerhouse local public radio stations together.
At WMFE, Oliver oversaw the expansion of its newsroom and local news coverage, adding beat reporters, expanding its public affairs program, and launching an award-winning health desk. Under Olivers leadership, major efforts included spearheading community engagement efforts to get the station better connected to diverse and underserved communities and spearheading a marketing campaign designed to encourage active listening and civil discourse in the community with 90.7 WMFE acting as the conduit.
Oliver returned to Baltimore after a successful stint running WEAA licensed to Morgan State University, from 2007 to 2013. There, he launched a daily syndicated talk show, and his work in growing the station garnered him an invitation to present to HBCU presidents and vice presidents at the Annual White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2009.
In his 20-year broadcast career, Oliver has been involved in several commercial, satellite and public media initiatives to grow service to diverse audiences. Oliver holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore and Towson University and BA in business administration from the University of Miami.
Jeff Sine is co-founder and partner of The Raine Group, a global merchant bank focused exclusively on the technology, media, and telecommunications industries.
In addition to his role as co-founder and partner of The Raine Group, Sine is a board member of each of Raines growth and venture equity funds and its hedge fund. He is also a board member of WeWork Inc.
Prior to founding Raine, Sine was Vice Chairman and Global Head of Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking at UBS Investment Bank. He joined UBS in 2001. Before that time, Sine was Global Head of Media Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley since 1991. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Sine was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and London.
Sine is a member and past Chair of the Board of Trustees of American University, licensee of NPR Member station WAMU, in Washington, DC. He is also Board Chair of Educational Testing Service and a board member of ITHAKA (an educational non-profit) and The Manhattan Theatre Club. He also has produced many plays and musicals over the past two decades on Broadway and in Londons West End, and is a three-time Tony Award winner.
He earned a B.A. from American University, and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
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