- Ann Haley
Debby Klein, the voice behind CRRL Presents, the library’s weekly broadcast of interviews with people who shape the arts, history, and culture of the region, has received the prestigious Citizen Salute award from the Friends of the UMW-CSO Orchestra. The award is given to someone in the community who has both supported the orchestra and shown a commitment to Fredericksburg through their volunteerism and dedication to the arts.
Debby Klein has a long history of involvement in the arts, stemming from her high school days as an art major at New York City's High School of Music and Art. She majored in theater at the University of Iowa and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and taught drama and speech at James Monroe High School, the Governor's School for the Gifted at Mary Washington College, and Germanna Community College.
She has also designed scenery and costumes for numerous productions, conducted her own programs on radio and television, and was, for many years, director of advertising for Fredericksburg Savings and Loan Association. She was Secretary and Treasurer of the Virginia Theater Association for 17 years, has served on many Fredericksburg community boards and was made a life member of the Rappahannock United Way for service over a span of more than 40 years.
Currently, in addition to her work with the library, Debby serves on the Fredericksburg Arts Commission and the Board of the Arts and Cultural Council of the Rappahannock.