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Getting to Know...Kate Alany

1. What do you do at PBS Digital? 
In my role as Sr. Manager, Digital Analytics, I will be working on building and establishing an analytics service for stations. I see analytics as an integral part of a digital strategy and hope to work as a partner with stations to help them find the stories that live within the data.

2. How did you get involved with Public Media? 
I’ve been a fan of PBS for a long time and, after working in non-public media for most of my career, I became very interested in using my corporate experience in an organization with a deeper purpose and mission.

3. How do you feel the digital landscape will change over the next few years? 
I look forward to seeing how technology will change the simple things we do in our lives and around our homes. I think we’re only at the very beginning stages of living fully digital lifestyles. I dream of flying through the DC traffic in my own personal aircraft and having a personal digital assistant (maybe a hologram?) right in my home with me to take care of all the things I’d rather not be doing. Basically, I want to see the cartoon The Jetsons fully realized. At the same time though, I hope the next generation will understand personal interaction and know the importance of real relationships…maybe there will be an app for that.

4. If the Internet didn’t exist, what job would you have?
I love to bake and I LOVE candy (like, it’s a bit of an obsession), so I’ve always dreamed of owning a candy or bake shop. Or, I’d be working in the music business with my husband – our basement is a recording studio! Basically, I’d be doing something creative where I could meet lots of interesting people along the way.

5. If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would they be and why? 
Abraham Lincoln - due to his extraordinary journey in life. I’d love to hear about his goals, motivations, and experiences during one of the most compelling moments in our history.

Anne Frank - the tragedy of her story, her humanity, and her zeal have inspired me since I was a young girl.

Julia Child – I think it would be so fun to share a meal with her, experience her enthusiasm and joy, and listen for hours to stories about her adventures.