WFYI Expands Its Leadership Team with the Addition of Sean Anker as Chief Technology Officer
Experienced Broadcast Professional to Guide Indiana’s Largest NPR and PBS Member Station’s Technology Efforts
INDIANAPOLIS – WFYI Public Media, Indiana’s largest NPR and PBS member station, will add Sean Anker to its senior leadership team as the organization’s first chief technology officer. As CTO, Anker will be responsible for WFYI's technology efforts, including engineering, broadcast operations, IT and digital distribution.
In this role, Anker will champion WFYI’s public service mission and develop a vision to utilize innovative, new technology to grow and fulfill that mission. The CTO is responsible for the strategy, planning, management, and overall supervision of IT and enterprise systems, media engineering, and systems engineering and integration. “WFYI has been a significant presence in the community for a long time, and the work that WFYI, PBS and NPR do is very high value reporting and storytelling,” said Sean Anker. “For me, broadcasting is all about people, and WFYI exemplifies that.”
Anker joins WFYI following a period of rapid digital audience growth and significant broadcast evolution. As WFYI’s digital presence has matured, technology and audience behaviors have both become increasingly complex, as have the technological infrastructure required for multi-platform content distribution. From NextGen TV to internet-connected media devices, listeners have more ways to engage with public media than ever before. These factors, alongside WFYI’s recent acquisition of the WBAA radio station licenses in Greater Lafayette, have created more complex technological needs and sparked this expansion.
“WFYI is committed to serving audiences in the ways that best meet their needs, bringing them unfettered access to trusted journalism, inspiring stories and lifelong learning,” said WFYI President and CEO Greg Petrowich. “As our first CTO, Sean will be at the forefront of ensuring that we have the internal and external infrastructure necessary to achieve our goals.”
Sean Anker will begin his new role with WFYI, where he began his career as a maintenance engineer in 1989, on June 20, 2023.
About WFYI Public Media Since 1970, WFYI Public Media has served Central Indiana as a trusted friend. Its nonprofit public radio and TV stations, digital content and community engagement activities provide trusted journalism, inspiring stories and lifelong learning to Hoosiers of all ages and walks of life. WFYI broadcasts original content, as well as PBS and NPR programs, on three television channels, five radio services – including WBAA – and online. Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media (MIPM) is the parent organization of WFYI Public Media. Learn more at wfyi.org and follow WFYI online on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.