Getting to Know... Kristin Calhoun

In the third in our series to help you get to know the faces behind PBS Interactive, here is a "Getting to Know You" Q&A with Kristin Calhoun, Director of Station Products & Services:

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 Reston, VA 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. Posted March 31, 2009 at 3:03 PM | Permalink | Reply

    RE: #1 - Your bosses are the stations, right? If so, I've got a few things to add to your to-do list? ;-)

  2. Posted March 31, 2009 at 4:32 PM | Permalink | Reply

    You are right my friend! I answer to the stations. Start you're list, we're ready.. :-)

  3. Posted April 1, 2009 at 10:46 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Great. I'll sharpen my pencil and get started. Shouldn't run to more than say 40, 50 pages, tops.

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