Managing Editor of Digital Content, New York Public Radio/WNYC
1. What’s the best professional decision you’ve ever made?
I was working at NPR, overseeing Audience Services and restructuring the network's connection with its audience online when I was approached to help launch a new program in development that would be largely driven by audience insight and participation. One catch: I'd need to resign from my permanent NPR position in Audience Services and become a TEMP in the NPR news division with no guarantee that the new show would actually take off or become anything, in which case I’d be unemployed. In essence, I was forfeiting job security for what I just knew -- if things worked out -- would become my dream job (at the time). And it did. After six months of temping, piloting and show development. Tell Me More with Michel Martin became a real thing. I was one of the first producers at NPR with hybrid responsibility for both digital and radio content. Great career move that has paid for itself several times over. And I’ve never looked back!
2. What’s something you’ve learned from a professional setback or challenge?
a) Keep the faith. And just keep going.
b) When you make a mistake, do a self-assessment and forgive yourself immediately.
c) Loyal friends and mentors are gifts from God.
3. What is one thing you wish you would’ve known “then”?
Seasons of struggle are just that. Seasons. As the saying goes, "this, too, shall pass."
4. How have you leveraged experiences you’ve had and connections you’ve made at NABJ/NAHJ conferences?
NABJ meetups, including those on the local chapter level, have been for me a remarkable and sustaining source of intra-cultural support and community.
5. What’s one of your favorite public media stories, podcasts, shows or series? Why?
A recent wide-ranging NPR conversation with Michel Martin and songstress/Broadway star Heather Headley reminded me why I continue to adore our medium -- thoughtful, witty, smart, tear-jerking, and incredibly real.
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