This award is presented to the WAMU 88.5 volunteer(s) who have contributed significantly to the station and have proven over time to be reliable, efficient, and collegial. Each of the award recipients are selected by written nominations submitted by WAMU 88.5 staff.
We are proud to announce that Jennifer Brady, Brian Greenberg, and Karen Schraer-Molitors are the recipients of the WAMU 88.5 Volunteer of the Year Award for their service in 2012.
Jennifer Brady has served as a volunteer since October 2004. Like many station volunteers, Jennifer’s first experience at the station took place during a membership campaign where she answered phones and documented member contributions. Eventually, Jennifer became a phone room manager, helping to train, supervise, and recognize phone room volunteers during WAMU 88.5 membership campaigns.
In April 2009, Jennifer agreed to take on the role of “Be Green” columnist for Air Waves. She has written about a number of green issues, including protecting our rivers, winterizing your home, barbeques, summer air quality, and label requirements. Jennifer works for the Environmental Protection Agency on recycling and waste issues and brings a great deal of environmental knowledge and passion to “Be Green”.
Brian Greenberg has served as a volunteer since December 2009 when he started as a volunteer program assistant. His work included producing the first “WAMU 88.5 Guide To Managing Your Daytime Station Support Volunteer,” which earned him the 2011 Special Projects Award. Brian’s work with volunteers during his 26-year career at AARP made him a perfect fit in the volunteer services office.
In January 2010, Air Waves needed a columnist to write the “Volunteer of the Month” article. When asked if he would be interested in the position, Brian did not hesitate to take on the task. His debut article, “The Many Roles of Jack French,” was the first of many charming and informative pieces that shine the spotlight on the members of the stations dedicated volunteer corps.
Karen Schraer-Molitors has served as a volunteer since February 2009. Like Jennifer, she first volunteered at the station during one of the membership campaigns.
In the fall of 2009, a call went out for a volunteer who could take on writing “Stepping Out” after its previous writer relocated. “Stepping Out” provides a list of worthwhile events and places to visit in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia that is often centered around a theme.
After a brief phone interview, Karen was chosen to fill the role. Before she began writing, she wanted to make sure she was sticking with the traditional style of the article, so she read through the archives and asked questions before putting anything in print. Karen’s thoroughness continues as she spends hours working on the theme of the articles and researching events and places to go.
Jennifer, Brian, and Karen’s writing has helped keep the WAMU 88.5 volunteers connected to the station. They have entertained and educated station staff, and they have helped nurture the relationship between WAMU and the greater metropolitan community.
The Special Projects Award is presented to the volunteer who has shown a dedicated interest in WAMU 88.5 and has unselfishly taken their time to work on a special project.
Natalie Yuravlivker is the recipient of the WAMU 88.5 Special Projects Award for her service in 2012.
Natalie started as a volunteer at WAMU 88.5 in November 2011 as a newsroom assistant. Her position was created to assist education reporter Kavitha Cardoza with her nine-part “American Graduate” series, which examined the dropout crisis in D.C. “I knew it would involve an extraordinary amount of work and needed help with many details, including transcribing, reading drafts, organizing information and cataloging different research papers,” Cardoza said. Enter Natalie.
Natalie went above and beyond during the four months that she assisted Cardoza. She took interviews home to transcribe them, working late nights and weekends because she knew they were needed urgently.
“Many of the interviews were emotional and involved children. Natalie always had helpful suggestions and questions at the end of each interview,” Cardoza said.
Natalie even found a free online program that helps with transcribing, which the newsroom continues to use.
Cardoza’s series received hundreds of responses, including comments from The White House and from elected officials on Capitol Hill. Recently, the series won first place in the Broadcast category in the 2012 National Awards for Education Reporting.
“I’m convinced the series was so successful because of Natalie’s help behind the scenes,” Cardoza said. “She took care of interview details which freed up time so I could concentrate on research, writing scripts and producing the stories. In my experience, very few people want to help on these kind of mundane jobs, so her contribution cannot be underestimated. I am very, very grateful for her help!”
Congratulations to Jennifer, Brian, Karen and Natalie. All award recipients will be recognized for their accomplishments during the station’s annual volunteer reception on April 20.
The Special Projects Award is presented to the volunteer(s) who has/have shown a dedicated interest in WAMU 88.5 and has unselfishly taken their time to work on a special project for WAMU 88.5 use.