Role: Managing Producer, WAMU's The Big Listen

1.   How do you describe yourself, Daisy?

I'm 36 and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I went to Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for undergrad where I got a BFA in theatre, focusing on solo performance. Years later I got a Master's in journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Right now I'm just a couple of months into a new life in Washington, D.C. working at WAMU.

2.   What do you do at WAMU, and how did you get there?

I am the Managing Producer of The Big Listen, one of WAMU's two national offerings produced in house and distributed by NPR. I was recruited by Andi McDaniel who got my name thanks to a conversation I had at Public Media Village at the joint NABJ/NAHJ convention last year. Being at WAMU has been wonderful. My coworkers are talented and kind. There's a real feeling of excitement and hope for all of the change that is happening at the station.

3.  How have you leveraged experiences you’ve had and connections you’ve made at the NABJ/NAHJ conferences?

In the summer of 2016 I had just left Latino USA, where I'd started as an intern and worked my way up to Senior Producer. I was working as a producer on the launch of Sooo Many White Guys at WNYC Studios. I knew I was open to leaving NYC if I found the right job, so I made sure to chat with people from stations in a few different cities at the Think.Public.Media. career fair booth. I was lucky in that I didn't feel rushed to find a job, so the conversations were informative but also very casual. 

There's something so nice about being in this professional setting but also being there to have a good time. It felt like a real celebration of who we are, what we do, and all with people who have faced similar issues in various outlets through the course of their careers.

4.   What tips do you have for attendees at AAJA, NABJ, and EIJ this year?

Connect, but don't think of it like networking. Have genuine conversations and remember that you are planting seeds that may not sprout right away. I know that's easier said than done if you are in need of work, but ultimately that's really how a lot of jobs come about.

5.   Why is Think. Public. Media. an important message?

I've never felt like I had to cover something I really thought wasn't worthwhile, or had to be alarmist for the sake of ratings.

6.   What does your unique voice and identity add to your media organization?

I think it’s a different understanding of what is normal for some people. I'm Afro Latina, raised by a single mother. We were poor and my father was a frequently incarcerated parent. There's a lot of assumptions about people from these groups. I can be that person making sure we are as empathetic yet rigorous with those groups as we are with others.

Follow Daisy: @RunDMR