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You may have heard the President’s recently proposed budget includes deep cuts to public media through the defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While the President’s budget proposal will have less of an impact on PBS and NPR, it will greatly impact local stations, including WHRO Public Media.

When this time of year rolls around many people begin to think of spring cleaning. As the weather gets warmer, it’s a great time to tackle projects around the house. Growing up in the north, spring meant putting away the shovels, taking out the stakes that indicated where the street ended and the front yard started, and re-seeding the part of the lawn that the plows dug up. For others, it's time to clean out the attic.

February is a busy month at WHRO! Along with engaging television and radio programming, we have several opportunities for you to join us in the community. Whether you enjoy music, public affairs, or community outreach, we have something for everyone. I hope you share my excitement about these upcoming events. 

I recently returned from visiting Capitol Hill where I spoke with members of Virginia’s congressional delegation to share the great work that WHRO is doing in Eastern Virginia, especially in the field of Education. The educational content we deliver online to more than 280,000 students and 25,000 teachers enriches lives every day. From hands-on reading and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) events with children to professional development for educators, WHRO is a vital hub for educational resources in our community. 

I love the start of a new year! It brings excitement and a time of new beginnings. It is certainly an exciting time here at WHRO as we welcome new staff, air new programs, and plan new events.