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February 17, 2017

Meet Kait Hoehne

As a Multimedia Producer in the IEG Department, Kait Hoehne (last name is pronounced “HAY-knee”) produces and maintains program websites for WNET’s productions, including American Masters and NYC-ARTS. “Some days I’m trying my hand at inline code, and some days I’m conducting an interview in the Starr Studio. I love that every day feels very different,” Kait says. Read on to learn about Kait’s work on the website for The Talk – Race in America, her favorite places in Brooklyn, and more.

Kait Hoehne

Kait Hoehne

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

I studied photography for three years in Belgium and have a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin. After teaching myself some code, I began to specialize in multi-media storytelling. I started working for Wisconsin Public Television as their online editor and fell in love with public media, which led to finding a position here at WNET.

You worked on the website for The Talk – Race in America, which launched this month. What are some of the features visitors can find on the site?

The Talk’s website (PBS.org/thetalk) is built around having a truly multi-platform discussion. Every week, we will launch a new discussion on the site, accompanied by graphics, videos, blog posts, Q&A’s, and live chats (to name a few things!) on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram using the hashtag #TheTalkPBS. We’re working with a lot of community partners to bring a really diverse set of views and opinions to the table.

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 watching MPTV (Milwaukee), my first full-time job was with Wisconsin Public Television (Madison), and now I’m at WNET, so public media has always been a really big part of my life. I love our mission. I love that I can be proud of the high-quality, honest, educational content we produce. At WPT we would hear from older viewers who were limited in their ability to travel outside of rural Wisconsin. We were able to give them a window to the world – truly media with impact.

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

I’m really close to Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, which is beautiful and full of adorable dogs most of the time. I also love Dough, a little donut shop that’s not far from us. Seriously – best donuts of my life, and my Mom was a baker. (Sorry, Mom!)

What book are you currently reading?

Mother Night, by Kurt Vonnegut. Love the dark sense of humor.

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

I love foreign language. I’m fluent in French and am hoping to get involved with the Alliance Française here.

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