Getting to Know ... Marla Krueger

1. What do you do at PBS Interactive?
I provide front-line customer support for all member station inquiries related to PBS Interactive products, including all inquiries about how to implement and customize PBS Interactive products on station web sites. I’m also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with the system’s most provocative leaders in helping manage the Interactive Station Advisory Council meetings and conferences. I also manage communications to stations such as weekly e-newsletters and product notifications.

2. How did you get involved with Public Media?
Studying foreign affairs helped me discover that public media provides information and outlets that are vital to civil society. As a high school ESL teacher, I used resources from the public media as classroom aids and illustrators and these proved to be essential in helping to promote equal access and opportunities for learning. When the opportunity to work in the interactive department of “America’s Largest Classroom” came along, I couldn’t turn it down. Since then, I’ve been amazed and proud to support station innovation in their efforts to bring public media to communities and classrooms.

3. How will the Interactive Landscape change over the next few years?
I drafted up a geological analogy about digital media and its temporal experience that is choreographed by the user, but Snuffy is waiting for me and I would like to make introductions over at the Fix-It Shop.

In sum, it all comes back to doing more with less.

4. If the Internet didn’t exist, what job would you have?
I would be teaching students the core knowledge they need to create the Internet.

5. What is your favorite gadget and why?
Noise canceling headphones.

6. If you could have dinner w/ any 3 people from history, who would they be and why?
Christa McAuliffe – I’d ask her what she would recommend adding to my “To Do list.”

Audrey Hepburn – We’d talk UNICEF, Lac Leman and hopefully a mere dusting of her grace and eloquence might take hold on me.

Jane Addams – I’d ask her if she’d consider being my running mate for ’12.

*I’d also probably need to conference in Cokie Roberts to help moderate the dinner conversation.

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