Our courageous leader and colleague Julie Drizin was seriously injured Aug. 11 when a Chevy Tahoe struck her while she was riding her bicycle.
Because she landed on grass and not asphalt, Julie is alive and not paralyzed. After treatment at a trauma center in Baltimore, she was transferred to a rehab center in Chevy Chase, Md., where she expects to stay for a month.
“I do not have a brain injury (as far as I know). But my pelvis is broken,” Julie wrote in a Facebook post days after the accident. “My hips and sacrum are fractured. And I am heartbroken because I had worked hard to get in excellent physical and emotional health; I had so many things to do this week and this month, etcetera, that will not now get done.”
I’m sharing this news on Julie’s behalf because Current’s readers are accustomed to hearing directly from her. She regularly writes letters to share what’s on her mind, what’s going on with Current and what projects we are working on to keep you informed and inspired about the work of public media.
Speaking for myself and the staff of Current, we are heartbroken, too — for Julie, her new husband and her family; for the loss of her spirited presence and persistence in leading us forward. Julie constantly brings new ideas, new connections and out-of-the-box solutions to our challenges. Our small team now suddenly feels much smaller.
Our colleagues at the American University School of Communication and our partners in the Local That Works project — Mark Fuerst, Greater Public and the Wyncote Foundation — are stepping up to help us support Julie during her recovery.
We see so many challenges ahead — for public media at large and Current. We intend to keep delivering news and opinion that will inform the decisions you make this week and in the future. And we’ll press forward on initiatives to strengthen our news coverage and stabilize Current. Local That Works, Julie’s favorite project showcasing innovative and replicable local public media initiatives, will go on as planned for this fall.
Julie has a strong and supportive network of family, friends and colleagues. At this time, she hasn’t requested special assistance in her recovery. Her note to Facebook friends closed with: “Those who know me will know prayers are not my thing, but sending good vibes will feel good. And please reach out to your significant loved ones today and let them know how much they mean to you because, clearly, things can change in a heartbeat.”
For the rest of us at Current, I would add one more request: Cherish and support the people you work with; appreciate those who elicit your best and bring joy to your workplace.