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June 21, 2019

Meet Deveen Taylor

As a Communications Coordinator in the Communications Department’s Audience Engagement team, Deveen Taylor assists the Audience Engagement specialists with various tasks related to the series they work on, such as managing the THIRTEEN Pressroom. “I also handle all the travel logistics for the bi-annual Television Critics Association Press Tour in California and support the team during the sessions at TCA,” Deveen says. Read on to learn about Deveen’s adventures at TCA, her favorite places in Brooklyn, and more.

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

When I originally moved to NYC from Miami, Florida, I initially thought I was going to love working in advertising – but after a few jobs, I knew it wasn’t the career path for me. When I learned about the position working with the Audience Engagement Team at WNET, I saw that the role would give me the opportunity to wear many hats, so I was immediately on board.

You’re heading out to California next month for the Television Critics Association Press Tour (TCA). What are some of the events WNET is producing for the conference?

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but I heard something about an octopus – which can only mean a cool Nature event is in the works! Nature always go all out for their panels, so it’s always exciting to see what’s in store for TCA. The first time I went to TCA, Nature brought a serval cat named Tag to promote their amazing Super Cats miniseries. It looked like a huge house cat and totally stole the show!

Any favorite stories from past Press Tours?

My favorite TCA Press Tour story took place at last January’s tour. We hosted an event promoting American Masters: Charley Pride: I’m Just Me, and I had the incredible experience of spending time with Charley Pride in the green room. He’s super funny, and is a very lively storyteller. He told A LOT of stories, and when were were talking backstage before the event, he bragged about never forgetting lyrics to his songs — and he did exactly that when performed! It was hilarious, but he still managed to charm the critics, and his performance was the highlight of their day.

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?

Sesame Street had an enormous impact on me, but I also really loved Arthur. I had the all the books and watched the show religiously. Five-year-old me aspired to be D.W Read.

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

I’m really excited for the Secrets of the Dead: World War Speed. I find it fascinating that the use of amphetamines could have possibly affected the course of World War II. I’m looking forward to seeing American Masters’ premieres of Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices and Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life, as well.

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

I live on the Crown Heights/East Flatbush border in Brooklyn, and most of my favorite places in the neighborhood are food places. The Food Sermon is my go-to; it’s like the Caribbean version of Chipotle. The Crabby Shack has tons of delicious seafood dishes. Prospect Park is on the edge of Crown Heights, so I consider it my neighborhood, as well. I love hanging out there in the summer and stop by Smorgasburg, their amazing outdoor food market, almost every weekend in the summer.

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

I play a lot of sports, so during the summertime I’m constantly outside, playing flag football, basketball, or dodgeball.

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