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NFCB is thrilled to announce the Keynote Speakers for this year’s virtual conference:

Julia Kumari Drapkin and The Kitchen Sisters.


Julia Kumari Drapkin Photo: Vanessa Lenz

Julia Kumari Drapkin

Julia Kumari Drapkin is the CEO and founder of ISeeChange. She founded her award-winning climate change tech company after over a decade of reporting natural disasters and climate change across the globe and in her own backyard on the Gulf Coast. Julia is connecting climate stories to the data and producing unprecedented information related to climate change for use across numerous industries and communities. Under her leadership, ISeeChange has received national and international recognition from the Obama White House Climate Data Initiative, NASA, MIT Solve, Echoing Green, TechStars, the United Nations, Grist, AGU, and the AAAS.

Julia will be speaking about civic responsibility and climate.


The Kitchen Sisters, (left to right) Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva, Producers of the new radio series for NPR’s Morning Edition – Hidden Kitchens. Photo: Laura Folger

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva)

The Kitchen Sisters are producers of the duPont-Columbia and James Beard Award-winning series Hidden Kitchens heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Their Webby Award-winning podcast, The Kitchen Sisters Present… is part of Radiotopia from PRX. The Kitchen Sisters also produced The Hidden World of Girls, heard on NPR and hosted by Tina Fey. Their current series, The Keepers, is about activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Their book, Hidden Kitchens: Stories Recipes and More from NPR’s Kitchen Sisters was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. This year, the full audio archive of The Kitchen Sister’s work was acquired by the Library of Congress.

The Kitchen Sisters will be talking about the importance of capturing stories and the vital role community radio stations play in their communities.


NFCB’s 2022 virtual conference will be June 27-28, 2022. Registration will open June 1. The registration fee is $50 for NFCB member stations and $100 for non-member stations. More conference announcements coming soon!


Sneak Peek: 2023 Conference News

We have heard your requests to gather in person. Next year, we will come together in person on June 28-30, 2023 in Denver, CO at the Embassy Suites. Mark your calendars and make sure to put the NFCB conference in your station’s 2023 budget. Rates, registration dates, and more to be announced soon.