Getting to Know ... Kristin Calhoun

1. What do you do at PBS Interactive?
Whatever my boss tells me to do..  word.

2. How did you get involved with Public Media?
I did what you're never supposed to do, I was at a job in RestonVA that made my head hurt daily.  I quit without another job and 2 young kids at home. 

I thought long and hard about the type of organization I wanted to work with/for.  NPR was at the top of my list, so I applied for a job in their Distribution Division and got it!  For 3 years I worked with hard core engineers as the project manager for the ContentDepot.

After that, I took a job here in PBS Interactive.  My first assignment was to establish Operations within the division.  That was hard.  My current assignment is to strengthen our products and services for member stations.  This is hard too, but a lot more fun and rewarding.  And I work with the bestest group of people ever!

3. How will the interactive landscape change over the next few years?
I have no idea, but what I do know is that it's going to be fun and exciting to watch.

4. If the Internet didn't exist, what job would you have?
Oh, I know this answer!  I would operate an organic farm and rescue dogs.  I'd then train the dogs to help me farm. Who is with me?!

5. What is your favorite gadget and why?
Hmmm, my secret is that I'm actually a luddite disguised as a new media type.  So I don't really have a lot of gadgets, but I do like my hair dryer.

6. If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would they be and why?
Katherine Graham.  One super classy lady and I heart the Washington Post.

Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII.  I've always been fascinated by her.

Thomas Calhoun.  My Dad, English professor, rock and roll singer, black lab lover, volunteer.  Boy I wish he was still around.

1 comment:

  1. Bravo Kirstin - Luddites in new media unite! As a gray haired folk-historian storyteller of the disability scene being guided by younger colleagues across the digital divide of audio story and essay production - I say Amen to your vision of organic farming with rescue dogs. Someone once said " AS THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SYSTEM APPROACHES INFINITY, LAG TIME BETWEEN SYSTEM ERRORS APPROACHES ZERO!" I can't remember which wise techie it was.... be well. . CHristos