Role: Editor, Take Two at Southern California Public Radio
1. What’s the best professional decision you’ve ever made?
Leaving a staff position with the BBC after a decade with the corporation, packing up my stuff and heading to the U.S. to go freelance. Some documentaries, a seven-year hosting stint, a lot of TV and writing assignments and a book deal later, I feel like a better, more rounded and fulfilled journalist.
2. What’s something you’ve learned from a professional setback or challenge?
A setback or challenge is a sign that you're trying to stretch yourself. Growth only comes with a level of discomfort. If something doesn't go quite as planned, it's not the end of the world -- and you'll almost always come away with fresh insight or a new skill.
3. What is one thing you wish you would’ve known “then”?
It's okay to be different, and often it's an asset. Don't spend so much time trying to fit in. Some people won't like you, and that's just fine.
4. How have you leveraged experiences you’ve had and connections you’ve made at NABJ/NAHJ conferences?
It's always good to meet other journalists of color and share ideas and discuss content innovations. Last year (Minnesota) I came away with a lot of new podcast subscriptions!
5. What’s one of your favorite public media stories, podcasts, shows or series? Why?
WBUR's Modern Love is a favorite. It's about so much more than love, and I'm surprised almost every time I listen to it. Also, the simplicity of the format is a content producer's dream.
Close second is 2 Dope Queens from WNYC. I love it because it's very NOT public radio, but thanks to podcasting, it's found a home among more traditional public media offerings.
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