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October 27, 2017

Meet Niesha Gourdine

As a Customer Service Associate, Member & Viewer Relations, Niesha Gourdine helps members from THIRTEEN, WLIW21, and NJTV with inquiries about subjects ranging from WNET’s programs to THIRTEEN Passport. “Passport is a popular topic these days. Everyone loves Passport and is eager to sign up, log in, and watch,” Niesha says. Read on to learn about the PBS shows that inspired Niesha growing up, her favorite places in the Bronx, and more.

Niesha Gourdine

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

I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but lived in Massachusetts when I was in college receiving my Journalism degree. I moved to New York a year ago to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. One year later, I still can’t believe I landed a position at WNET – a station I grew up watching and continue to watch today. This is my first real job in NYC and I will never forget this opportunity.

The Member & Viewer Relations team receives viewer feedback that is often quite memorable. What is the most touching viewer comment you’ve received?

I once received a call from a woman who needed assistance with Passport. I gave her the correct information, and after thanking me, she said she loves Channel 13 and has been a member for 40+ years. She said she still enjoys the programs and watches daily – and  her kids and grandchildren watch our programming too.

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?

PBS has influenced my life immensely. Growing up, I would watch all the great programing and couldn’t wait to get home from school to sit in front of the TV with my fruit snacks and apple juice and watch Arthur, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Sesame Street. The shows were fun, engaging, and educational. I’ve learned so much from Bill Nye and still have Arthur theme song burned in my brain. Also, PBS is the reason I wear glasses. I would sit directly in front of the TV every day and strain my eyes. I ruined my eyesight, but sharpened my brain, so it was totally worth it.

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

Finding your Roots, PBS NewsHour, and Tavis Smiley.

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

I live in the Bronx, near the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden. My favorite places are the bodegas. The food is cheap, the people are funny, and it’s the only place where you have people selling socks for a dollar and a burger for four dollars. Winter is coming, my feet are cold, and I’m always hungry, so it’s a win-win situation!

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

Yes, I’m also a hip-hop/urban journalist. I go to fun events and network, do interviews, and meet great people. I recently did an interview with the legendary rapper Kurtis Blow. He said I need to be on TV. I told him I agree!

 

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