PRI welcomes Blythe Brenden and Ed Schneider to its Board of Directors

MINNEAPOLIS, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Public Radio International (PRI) announces the appointment of Blythe Brenden and Ed Schneider to its Board of Directors. Both were elected by PRI's Board at its March meeting, and began their terms immediately.

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A respected leader in business, Mr. Schneider co-founded Triton Container International Limited, the world's largest owner-lessor of marine cargo containers, with 20 offices in 13 countries on 6 continents, in 1980 and serves as its Chairman. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Oakland's College Preparatory School and also serves on numerous educational and corporate boards. Mr. Schneider holds an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Of his appointment, he says, "I'm excited to join the PRI Board because I believe in its mission…enabling a more informed and civilized community through the power of public media." 

Ms. Brenden is a dedicated philanthropist and community leader in the Twin Cities. She has been an active fundraiser and advocate for arts and health organizations in Minnesota, including the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Bravewell Collaborative, Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts and Abbott Northwestern Hospital Institute for Health & Healing. She graduated from Pepperdine University and obtained her Master's in Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Brenden notes, "I'm thrilled to be joining the PRI board because of its approach to working collaboratively with organizations within and beyond public media to engage, educate and inspire people to think and act. This approach is one that I believe is critical to making a lasting impact."

"Both Ed and Blythe are passionate about PRI's work in creating content that helps people live successfully in our interconnected world," said Alisa Miller, PRI's President and CEO. "Ed's business acumen and non- and for-profit Board experience will guide PRI as we navigate through a rapidly changing media and technology environment. Blythe's deep roots in Minneapolis and support of the issues of health/medicine, women and children, and the arts – all topics that PRI explores through its content – will enable us to strengthen our community presence. I look forward to working with them both as PRI extends its reach and impact in the years ahead."

About Public Radio International®
For 30 years, Americans have identified PRI as the source of news, information and cultural insights essential to understanding our interconnected world. On almost 900 radio stations across the U.S. and on digital platforms that reach millions around the world, PRI continues to innovate in sharing powerful stories, connecting people and cultures around the globe, and helping people affect positive change in their lives and the world. Through relationships with trusted news leaders like the BBC, the CBC, the New York Times and others, PRI brings new voices, global journalism and cultural perspectives to the American public. PRI produced and distributed radio shows include "PRI's The World®," "Q with Jian Ghomeshi," "Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen," "The Takeaway," "Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?," "The Tavis Smiley Show," and "This American Life." Content from these shows is available on public radio stations, websites, mobile phones and tablet devices, and via podcasts and streaming. PRI helps people understand their place in the world and make informed decisions every day by enabling them to "hear a different voice™." More at pri.org.

CONTACT: Julia Yager, PRI, 612.330.9231, jyager@pri.org

SOURCE Public Radio International




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