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Longtime WBOI program director Katy Anderson says goodbye

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WBOI's Katy Anderson is leaving the station after more than a decade.

Hi everyone. I want to let you know that Friday, May 20th will be my last day working at the station.

I’ve been here for nearly eleven years, and saying goodbye is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My colleagues here have truly become family and are among the most creative, talented, hard-working people I have ever met.

I’m not leaving because I hate working here - quite the opposite in fact!

As it turns out, having a job that requires being on-call 24/7 is kind of hard to do when you’re raising two young children, who are growing up way too fast!

I have accepted a new job producing a podcast about health care research, and I won’t be going far - I will be working remotely, which will work much better for this chapter of my life.

I’m looking forward to this new opportunity and being more present for my family. I’m also excited to pass the baton off to my colleagues who I know will take the station to even greater heights, and I will be cheering them on every step of the way!

I’ve learned so much during my time here – like how to stay calm under pressure, lead with integrity and empathy, and how to get bees out of the satellite dish. That’s one part of my job I won’t miss.

Before I go, I just want to say thank you.

Thank you to my colleagues who took a chance on me when I was fresh out of college, and an even BIGGER thanks for letting me stay even after I broke the coffee maker on the first day.

Thank you to all the community members who have partnered with us over the years who have helped us make sense of the news and the world, better understand each other, and showcase all the weird and wonderful things happening around us. You made me fall in love with my community even more and I’m thrilled to call this place my home.

And thank you for listening. It has been a privilege to be your companion during all the good times, the not-so-good times, and the uncertain times. We have certainly been through a lot over the past decade, and I hope that the voices you hear on WBOI remind you that we are all in this together.

I wish you all a fond farewell, and stay tuned for all the exciting things to come!