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January 13, 2017

Meet Bob Maguire


As a Financial Reporting & Analysis Specialist in the Finance Department, Bob Maguire works on a variety of projects, but his main responsibility as part of the Financial Planning team is to maintain the company’s budget codes and help ensure that expenses are allocated to the correct project and department so that we can accurately report back to our funders. “I’m a big believer in compliance,” he says. Read on to learn about Bob’s experience as a runner in the New York City Marathon, his favorite places in Harlem, and more.

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

I was working as a graduate assistant and finishing my MBA at Wesley College when my friend — former WNET employee, Nadir Nelson — reached out to me about an internship with the Project Management department. I started as an intern, then worked as a production assistant. After that, I was offered me a temporary position with Budget Control, which eventually led to a full-time staff position.

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?

Like most of my generation, I grew up watching classic PBS programs like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Lamb Chop’s Play-Along, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Reading Rainbow, but I also grew up as an avid video gamer. I think it’s great that we have been able to combine those two worlds with games like Mission US that are educational and fun for kids to play, and programs like Cyberchase that engage kids with smart, lively content on-air, on the web, and beyond.

You have run in the New York City Marathon. Congratulations! What did you do to train for the Marathon and what is it like to do a 26-mile run spanning all five boroughs?

Training for a marathon is almost harder than the actual marathon. It’s about a four-month training regimen that requires you to run an increasingly long distance every weekend with shorter runs throughout the week, so you have to sacrifice a lot of your time to prepare. It was such a benefit having an experienced marathoner like the WNET Education Department’s Janice Fuld in the office to offer up advice and race day tips. The marathon itself is a one-of-a-kind experience. The number of people lined up along the race course cheering you on is unbelievable and in the moments when you feel like you have nothing left, you feed off that energy.

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

I live in Harlem with my wife Abby. We venture around our neighborhood and the Upper West Side trying out different brunch locations. Spring Natural Kitchen on Columbus Avenue is one of our favorites, and Lido on 117th and Frederick Douglass is our go-to spot for boozy brunch. I’m still hunting for a good dive bar where I can watch the football games, but my couch will suffice in the meantime.

What book are you currently reading?

I am currently reading A Storm of Swords, the third book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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

I like to stay in shape and am very competitive, so most of my hobbies involve some form of physical competition. I played football in college and moved on to running after that. I just completed the NYC marathon for the first time, and now my sights are set on helping my team, Witness the Fitness, win WNET’s physical activity competition.

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