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At WFMT, we are a strong community of public media professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the world. We come together to share stories that matter, educate and inspire, and build a more informed and engaged society.

We take responsibility and ownership of our work, and we encourage openness, creativity, and professional growth. We are committed to providing our employees with the resources and support they need to do their best work, and we are always looking for new ways to innovate and improve.

Our Work

WFMT is one of the world’s most respected classical music radio stations, accessible via broadcast at 98.7FM, streaming live at, and on the WFMT app. Recognized for trusted hosted programming, immersive live performances and concerts, strong partnerships with community organizations and championing young, local musicians and access to the arts, WFMT spotlights inspiring music, musicians and musical performances from Chicago and around the world including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York Philharmonic and many more.

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Our Mission

WFMT is committed to producing and presenting trusted, best-in-class content fueled by a distinctly Chicago sensibility. We engage our audiences by entertaining, inspiring, educating, and reflecting a diversity of perspectives.

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Our Audience

With our sister station WTTW/Chicago PBS, WFMT creates opportunities for exploration and discovery of our city and the world; our approach is fresh and forward-looking; everything we do is rooted in a Chicago sensibility; and our content, work and staff reflect and include the rich cultural diversity of our region.

Our People

WFMT is an Equal Opportunity Employer that proudly recruits and hires a diverse workforce. Over 200 employees support our mission, purpose, vision and values across Programming and Content, Community Engagement, Fundraising and Communications, and Administration. For more information, take a look at our EEO Public File Report, and our Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Impact Plan and Report.

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“WFMT is a family of passionate and engaged music lovers. It’s a privilege to share the beauty and inspiration of this endlessly fascinating expression of the human spirit every day."

Lisa Flynn
Lisa Flynn

Lead Host

“There’s a real value in the service we provide, and our commitment to enriching lives, engaging communities, and inspiring others is what makes WTTW and WFMT such special, beloved community resources."

Sean Binkley
Sean Binkley

Development Project Manager

“I’m honored to be a part of an organization that values its members, viewers and listeners."

De Juanda Davis
De Juanda Davis

Payroll & Accounts Payable Specialist

"I work with some of the brightest, friendliest and dedicated people that are driven to learn and know more in order for the organization to produce the best and trusted content."

Tim Russell
Tim Russell

VP of Community Engagement and DEI

"We have a wonderful staff, all committed to working together towards a shared goal of producing trusted, best-in-class content that matters to our viewers. Knowing that I play a part in that makes me very proud."

Leigh Stone
Leigh Stone

Senior Human Resources Manager

Awareness, Commitment and Action

At WFMT, championing diversity, equity and inclusion is fundamental to our culture and our purpose to enrich lives, engage communities, and inspire exploration. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive, values-driven and socially reflective organization that empowers our employees. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where our employees can thrive.

Learning and Development

Training and Professional Development

Each year, WFMT employees are offered a series of professional development, skill building, and inclusion training workshops to ignite behavior shifts and advance an outcomes-driven culture rooted in the organization’s values of curiosity, commitment, trust, respect, excellence, diversity and fun.

Employee Resource Groups

WFMT’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Employee Resource Group connects with people from across the organization with activities, resources and discussion opportunities designed to deepen cross-cultural understanding. This active group is led by a cross-functional team, and works to develop leaders; foster an inclusive workplace; and support our goal of attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce while creating a culture where differences are celebrated.

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