Getting to Know... Sara Terpeny

1. What do you do at PBS Interactive?

What don't I do?  I help manage the creation of new online products and services for stations, manage the Station Remote Control site, and help support, maintain and troubleshoot all of our existing resources for stations.  Sometimes I eat my lunch.

2. How did you get involved with Public Media?

I've always been a huge fan of public media, but started dedicating myself to it professionally when I landed a job as the assistant to the then SVP of PBS Interactive way back in the year 2000.  I couldn't get enough of learning about how everything worked and now they can't get rid of me!

3. How will the interactive landscape change over the next few years?

Interactive media will continue to get easier to access anywhere at any time as smart mobile devices become more and more prevalant and feature-rich.  Luddites beware - unplugging will only continue to get harder to do, and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

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

I'd probably be working for a small non-profit arts organization in New York, which was what I was trying to do before I was lured into public media.  

5. What is your favorite gadget and why?

It has got to be my TiVo.  I'd probably never watch TV without it.

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

Jim Henson -  because his imagination had such a huge influence on my childhood.

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president in 1872.  Newspaper editor, stock broker and 19th Century suffragette.  That woman had chutzpah!

My Grandma, Dorothy Hoover Moorman, who used to regale us with stories of her mischievous childhood growing up in Millstadt, IL during the '20s, and made the best oatmeal cookies in the world.

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