Role: Co-Host/Co-Managing Editor, "Nancy," WNYC Studios
1. How do you describe yourself?
I'm a co-host of the queer podcast, Nancy, from WNYC Studios.
2. How did you end up at New York Public Radio?
My co-host/best friend and I won WNYC's Podcast Accelerator, where we won the chance to pilot a show at WNYC Studios. We piloted our show, and it was greenlit. Then I became an official employee of New York Public Radio.
3. What's the best professional decision you've ever made?
Saying yes to professional opportunities that came my way has been hugely useful. Also, learning to say no to professional opportunities has been equally helpful. There's only so much time and energy in a day, and knowing how to use that your best advantage helps you do your best work.
4. What's something you learned from a professional setback or challenge?
I think the "higher ups" will likely never see eye-to-eye with the people on the ground doing the work. And it's a new thing for me to learn how to "mange up," as they say.
5. What's one thing you wish you had known "then"?
That it's okay to say "no" every once in a while to an opportunity if you don't feel like it's something you actually want to do. Saying no is tough for me, because I am always trying to empathize with the other person, but sometimes you have to empathize with your future self. Don't make your future self hate you.
6. What event in your career are you most proud of?
Tobin and I hosted Nancy's very first live show in Chicago last year, and we had a great set of guests with us. I think I am most proud of that. We did it!
7. What does your unique voice add to your media organization?
I'm a queer Asian woman, and I'm not surrounded by queer Asian women at my organization. So I like to think that I add that perspective to the organization.
8. What tips do you have for this year's NAHJ, NAJA, NABJ, and AAJA attendees?
Make connections, as genuinely as you can.
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