We Invite You to Join Us

Dear Friends,

For more than 50 years, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has been Inspired by You, and by thousands more in our communities and audiences around the globe. Together, we have built this treasured and essential organization we proudly call our public radio organization. Its value and importance have never been greater.

We’re all aware of the big changes in media and how people are consuming news, music and entertainment in all-new ways. It’s not just about broadcast radio anymore. Unlimited content choices are available on your phone, tablet, computer—wherever you are and whenever you want it. We want to ensure that MPR is there for you on any platform with programming that’s trusted, relevant, essential and as high quality as ever. Doing that requires thoughtful and strategic action.

Our communities and audiences are changing, and so must MPR. This campaign offers a vision to serve and be essential to more people. But that ambitious plan requires big investments in new programming and talent, technology and innovation. That is why we enthusiastically support this campaign to raise $75 million to transform MPR and APM’s public service for the next 50 years.

We are privileged to co-chair this important campaign, the organization’s most ambitious fundraising effort to date. And we are honored to partner with MPR leaders, fellow trustees, and countless generous friends and champions to support this transformative campaign that will benefit our audiences, you, and the future of this organization.

We welcome your participation and partnership in the Inspired by You campaign. Please join us.


Ian Friendly

Rick King  

Campaign Co-Chairs



Ian Friendly

An MPR supporter for 27 years, Ian Friendly joined the Board of Trustees in 2007, led the search committee for the new MPR CEO, and served as board chair from 2011 to 2014. Most recently, Ian was CEO of Recombinetics, a Minnesota-based gene-editing technology firm, and prior to that, enjoyed a 30-year career at General Mills, culminating in serving as EVP and COO for U.S. Retail. Ian has served on the boards of Valspar, Cereal Partners Worldwide, the General Mills Foundation and Queens University School of Business.


Rick King

Rick King became an MPR donor 15 years ago. He joined Board of Trustees in 2011, serving as the Chair of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and on the Planning and Audience Service and Public Affairs and Government Relations Committees. Rick is currently Executive Vice President, Operations at Thomson Reuters, and has previously held executive positions with other corporations. He serves on the boards of TCF Bank, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

Campaign Steering Committee

  • Chip Emery
  • Ian Friendly
  • Lorna Gleason
  • Karen Himle
  • Kathy Junek
  • Rick King
  • Al Lenzmeier
  • Pam Moret
  • Kathy Tunheim

Campaign Cabinet

  • Karin Larson
  • Marti Morfitt
  • Tad Piper