Getting to know...Josie Keller

Josie Keller is the newest SPI team member who will be working closely with station communications as the COVE 2.0 and mobile rollout start to ramp up.  Be on the look out for any communiques from Josie in the next few months. 

1. What do you do at PBS Interactive? 

I’ll be supporting the COVE 2.0 and Local Mobile rollout to stations: providing customer support for member station inquiries, communicating with stations via the Weekly Update, blog posts and Twitter, and pitching in wherever the SPI team needs me!

2. How did you get involved with Public Media? 

I have a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and Sociology/Anthropology. NPR is my preferred news source (followed closely by the Daily Show). I grew up watching Mr. Rogers, The Magic School Bus, and Wishbone (The list continues…) on PBS. I have professional interests/experience in marketing, event planning, and social media. Given that mixed bag, somehow I was lucky enough to end up here.

3. How will the Interactive Landscape change over the next few years? 

I will defer to Google’s Project Glass on this one.

4. If the Internet didn’t exist, what job would you have? 

In my dream world, I would be a chef/restaurant owner...or perhaps a renowned food critic. In fact, I’d love to be either of those even WITH the Internet in existence. My grandma taught me how to bake all the “secret” family recipes when I was younger. My love of baking matured into a wider appreciation for good food (and good wine). For now, I satisfy myself with a weekly “family dinner” where we take turns hosting and choosing the food profile for the evening. Perhaps when I make my millions, I’ll retire to Napa Valley and open a French-Asian fusion restaurant on a vineyard.

5. What is your favorite gadget and why? 

I feel pretty unoriginal saying it, but I have to go with the iPhone. The thing is so incredible, not even a recession can hold it back!

6. If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would they be and why?

Elizabeth Haines: My great great grandmother was one of the first women to own a department store in the U.S. After her husband died on a buying trip to Philadelphia, Elizabeth packed up and moved to D.C. with her children to open her own department store. The building is located across the street from the current Eastern Market Metro station and still displays the Haines sign. I would love to sit down with such a strong, independent woman from my family to hear about her experiences in the 1800s and see what advice she would offer today’s young professional women.

Nelson Mandela: The epitome of vision, passion, and action, and a sports fan on top of that.

Thornton W. Burgess: American author, naturalist and conservationist, probably best known as the author of The Adventures of Peter Cottontail. I read countless numbers of his stories as a child and feel that anyone with such a vivid imagination would have a lot to add to the dinner conversation.

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