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Deborah Turner named NHPR Vice President for Development

Concord, NH – After conducting a national search, Deborah Turner has been named Vice President for Development at New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR).

Turner began her public media career in 1988. She spent almost 16 years at Maine Public Broadcasting Network, where she worked her way up from Membership Manager to Vice President for Development. There she oversaw membership, major giving, planned giving, marketing, and underwriting.  She built the station’s first online giving and sustainer programs, helped the organization successfully navigate a complex merger, and raised more than $50 million.

“We are excited to have Deb join NHPR’s senior leadership team. We looked at more than 40 applicants and her qualifications stood out by far.  We are very fortunate to have someone with Deb’s depth of experience lead our development program,” said Betsy Gardella, NHPR President and CEO. 

An expert in major giving, Turner was Assistant Director for CPB’s Public Television Major Giving Initiative from 2004 to 2007, where she oversaw programs at 40 stations, designed and presented training, and managed the creation of a web-based major giving resource.  Since 2008, she has served as Executive Director of Greater Public’s Leadership for Philanthropy project, a national program to teach radio stations how to raise major gifts.  In addition, Turner consulted extensively through Greater Public and independently in major and planned giving, membership, and other areas, offering coaching, assessment, guidance, and training resources to public media and other organizations.  She graduated from the University of Maine summa cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration. 

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About NHPR
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from fourteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 177,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning News Department. Locally produced shows include The Exchange, Word of Mouth, The Folk Show, Outside/In and numerous podcasts. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.