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August 4, 2017

Meet Saraina Robertson

During the past few weeks, Saraina Robertson, a Reginald F. Lewis Minority Fellow who has been working with the Communications Department, has interviewed summer interns throughout the company for The Owl’s Staff Spotlight column. Before she leaves for school, we thought we’d give her a chance to shine in her own Staff Spotlight interview. Read on to learn about the projects Saraina has been working on at WNET, her favorite places in her college town, and more.

Saraina Robertson

What projects have you been working on during your internship at WNET?

I’ve been working on this summer’s edition of the intern spotlights for The Owl — WNET’s daily staff e-newsletter — which is probably the biggest independent project I have for the summer. I’ve also edited some archival materials, did some old school research to target specific blogs for a Treasures of New York pitch, researched the best social media practices for news sites, wrote an Owl article about the premiere of Old Hats on Theater Close-Up, updated national and local award timelines, and enjoyed some other cool research projects.

What college are you attending and what is your major?

I’m attending SUNY: University at Albany, double majoring in Communications and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Favorite place in your college town?

I have two favorite places. The first is our Podium. UA has three water fountains, and the one in the Podium is the biggest and has a tower in the middle that lights up in purple and gold, our school colors. It’s especially beautiful at night. My second is Wal-Mart because we don’t have one in NYC and they sell EVERYTHING.

Favorite college course? Least favorite?

My favorite college course was definitely my Intro to Feminism class. It covers everything I’m interested in and passionate about. My least favorite course is the Stats class I took, I’m not a big fan of mathematics.

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

I’m born and raised from the Bronx. Some of my favorite places there are Yankee Stadium, Little Italy, City Island, and Van Cortlandt Park.

What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently not reading a book. I am, however, in the process of writing one.

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 pretty much lived on THIRTEEN. Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to watch TV unless it was semi-educational or specifically made for children, so I spent quite a bit of time reading books with my Dad. Shows like Sesame Street, Cyberchase, Between the Lions, Reading Rainbow, The Electric Company, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, among many others, all inspired me to learn as much as I could, always ask questions, and love learning in general.

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

Great Performances, NYC-ARTS, and American Masters. I love everything in all fields of the arts, and enjoy learning about about legends who inspire me.

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

I love all things related to the arts and the media, whether it’s fine arts or the performing arts. I’ve done a little bit of everything – from being one of the lead singers in Christmas shows, to making sculptures in art class, and performing in school plays I helped to write. Creating is my passion, so I’m often writing short stories — which I hope to turn into movies, TV shows, or plays someday — or writing song lyrics and trying to make beats for them. I love creating art that helps uplift and inspire POC (people of color) and the LGBT community, and encourages them to express themselves creatively.

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