Deb Benedict has been WTIP’s executive director since 2001. Under her leadership, the station has grown to over 1,000 members and now numbers over 70 on-air volunteers and eight staff. All this growth lead Deb to pursue the purchase of a new home for the station, nearly tripling the size of its previous space. Since settling in the new building in 2008, the station has taken complete control of its airwaves, broadcasting around the clock 7 days a week right from the WTIP studios. In 2009 Deb was elected president of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters board, bringing her community driven vision and leadership skills to the national organization. In her spare time, Deb plays tennis, hikes, kayaks and enjoys her cabin adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near the Canadian border.