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Event Details

Thursday March 9, 2023

2:00-3:30pm PT

Online via Zoom

Cost: Free

At this Rural Nonprofit Gathering, we’ll have some networking time combined with a deep dive into the issue of rural new coverage and storytelling.  Our member Northwest Public Broadcasting has new leadership and is starting a rural news initiative to improve coverage of rural Washington. They will join our meeting to get your input and share info about their work and what makes a great news story. We also heard the express group interest in a focus on fundraising strategy for 2023. This communication/storytelling focus is a start, and we hope to program some learning about fundraising and grants in future meetings.



Who Should Attend

Those who work, live, and serve in rural communities in Washington state are encouraged to attend


Captioning: We will have automated captioning enabled.

Interpretation: Please indicate during registration if you have an interpretation request. Typically, we need at least two weeks in order to schedule an interpreter.

Visual Descriptions: Presenters will include visual descriptions of themselves and the slides to give a person who is low-vision, blind, or calling in without video a sense of space and place.

If you have additional accessibility requests, please let us know when you register.

About the Speakers

Cara Williams Fry: General Manager

Cara Williams Fry is General Manager of Northwest Public Broadcasting (NWPB). Cara spent over ten years as a Producer and Executive Producer in regional and national commercial television production before she moved into the Public Media arena. Williams Fry spent seventeen years as Chief Content Officer at WITF, a public media organization in Central PA, before joining NWPB in February 2022. She’s particularly good at building teams across disciplinary boundaries, creating partnerships in public media, and envisioning challenging goals and devising ways to achieve them.

In 2022, NWPB celebrated 100 years of broadcasting. Building on that legacy, the next challenge is to focus on the future by creating sustainable and interactive Community Engagement and offering multiple bi-lingual educational experiences for children ages 2-8 years old. As well as building NWPB’s outreach to diverse communities, more robustly serving rural and Native audiences, and to continue to provide indispensable and accurate information to our audiences across the Northwest.

Cara Williams Fry

Sueann Ramella: Director of Audience

Sueann Ramella is a Korean American who grew up in Washington on the McChord Air Force Base. Her family moved to Puyallup where she graduated high school. She always knew she’d work in the journalism field so attended Washington State University. That’s where her history professor introduced her to NPR. She fell in love with public media because it elevated her understanding of current events, the world and culture. Sueann has worked at NWPB as a student, then hosted the news magazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition before becoming Program Director. She enters her 21st year of service as Director of Audience under General Manager Cara Williams Fry. Sueann hobby farms in rural Idaho with her husband and unwitting two children. In her free time, she vacuums up after her St. Bernard-Great Pyrenees dog

SueAnn Ramella
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Contact Information

Questions? Contact Nonprofit Association of Washington

Phone: (855) 299-2922 x104

Email: [email protected]

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