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October 13, 2017

Meet Janet Preston

As Sr. Contingent Labor Specialist in the Finance Department, Janet Preston is responsible for evaluating WNET’s use of contingent labor and working with the organization to ensure contingent labor is appropriately engaged in accordance with WNET’s Contingent Labor Guidelines and Best Practices. “I work with departments throughout the company to plan and make a determination on how the contingent labor will be paid, including onboarding and paying via outside vendor ZeroChaos,” Janet says. Read on to learn about the PBS shows that influenced Janet as a child, her favorite places in Turtle Bay, and more.

Janet Preston

What are some of WNET’s Contingent Labor policies, and why is it important for staff members to follow them?

For Compliance reasons, it is important to engage contingent labor in accordance with Federal and State rules and regulations. It is also important to plan for and allow sufficient time for the on-boarding process. There are always questions about the correct way to pay an individual and what the process involves.

What is your background, and how did you land at WNET?

My background is in Finance, Accounting and Business Administration. I’ve worked in a variety of Finance and Accounting roles in the media industry. Before landing at WNET, I was with CBS News, where I worked with Production, Finance, Legal, Human Resources, and Administration to plan the on-boarding of new hires, including contingent labor.

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how THIRTEEN has influenced their life. How has THIRTEEN (or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

I grew up in Massachusetts watching WGBH. My parents were careful about the programs we watched, which meant no cable. Like many children, the most impactful and influential shows included Sesame Street, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and The Electric Company. I also have fond memories of watching the Nature programs with my father.

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record?

I could pick more than three, but will keep to the question. I’m a big fan of classic and independent films and will watch Reel 13 during the month. I’m also looking forward to the upcoming American Masters episode on Edgar Allan Poe, and American Graduate Day airing this Saturday, October 14 at 2 p.m.

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I live on the east side in the Turtle Bay neighborhood near the United Nations. I’m a few blocks away from the Katharine Hepburn Park. I like the small café in the park named Dag’s Patio Café. It has lovely outdoor space. During the warmer months (June-October), the café has live music on Wednesday evenings. Keats is a fun place to hang out with friends, catch a game, or play trivia.

What book are you currently reading?

I’m reading Letter from an Unknown Woman by Stefan Zweig. The novella is a story about unrequited love. It was made into a film starring Joan Fontaine in 1948.  I haven’t seen the film yet.  Maybe it will show up sometime on Reel 13.

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

I like to travel and exercise, especially hiking. One of my favorite trips was a boat tour to Skelligs Rock located off the coast of Count Kerry Ireland. The tour included a hike to the top of the rock. Skelligs Rock was recently shown on the PBS program Ireland’s Wild Coast. It’s also a great place to bird watch where you might see puffins as shown on Nature.

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