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June 28, 2019

Meet Gillian Edevane

Gillian Edevane, Digital Content Editor, ALL ARTS, manages the broadcast channel and streaming platform’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook presence and occasionally writes for the website. “I’ve also been co-curating the ALL ARTS app lately. I’m obviously biased, but I highly recommend downloading it,” Gillian says. Read on to learn about the path that led Gillian to ALL ARTS, the programs on her must-watch list, and more.

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

My background is in journalism. I studied media studies at UC Berkeley and from there I worked for an alt-weekly newspaper covering arts and culture. After a few other odd jobs in journalism, I landed on the online side of NBC Bay Area and stayed there for several years. I came here after a brief stint at Newsweek in New York City, and I’m so glad I did!

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?

When I was growing up, my dad always watched KQED because it was one of the few places he could enjoy British programming, so my earliest memories of watching public media involve spending quality time with my family. It wasn’t until I was pursuing a career in journalism that I developed an independent love of KQED, and especially KQED Arts, for its robust online, written coverage at a time when newspapers and alt-weeklies were thinning out or folding every other month. I’m still delighted every time my home station shares ALL ARTS content.

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

I’ll take this as an opportunity to plug ALL ARTS. On Wednesday, we premiered a great documentary on the Southampton Arts Center. One of the artists featured in the show creates these dazzling sculptures out of glitter glue, and she delivers such an entertaining interview.

I also had the opportunity to watch Happy Birthday, Marsha!, a piece of historical fiction that focuses on activist Marsha P. Johnson. The film’s creators really labored to get the project off the ground, and the love they poured into it behind-the-scenes translates onto the screen. I hope people watch it.

Finally, I’m really excited to see a new experimental film ALL ARTS is debuting in early August. It’s called Slow Down: River To River. We just posted the trailer for it Wednesday on our social media channels.

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

I live on the Upper West Side. I love Riverside Park, because it’s my dog’s favorite place.

What book are you currently reading?

I wish I had more time to read for pleasure. I’m slowly getting through Eve Ensler’s new book, The Apology, and I CANNOT WAIT for Jia Tolentino’s new book, Trick Mirror.

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

No special hobbies, per se. I mostly love reading the news on weekends and hanging out with my dog. Perhaps a little boring, but it’s the truth!



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