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Laurie Cirivello

Executive Director and CEO of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center and Publisher of The Rapidian
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imageLaurie Cirivello is executive director and CEO of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center and publisher of The Rapidian, a hyperlocal nonprofit citizen-generated news and information website. Her professional experience also includes community radio and cable access television (two channels), nonprofit IT, software development and Web design, historic performance and film venue management (460 seats) and a media and nonprofit communications educator. Laurie was executive director and CEO of the Community Media Center of Santa Rosa in Calif. from 1996-2006 and executive director of Community21 in Columbus, Ohio from 1993-1996. The Rapidian was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America, West Michigan chapter, with both the 2010 Gold Award and 2010 Premiere Award for its launch campaign, as well as by the Literacy Center of West Michigan with the 2011 Pitler Public Relations Award. In 2011, Laurie was honored with the Champion Award from the Center for Community Leadership. She attended Ohio University in Athens and Ohio State University.

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