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March 24, 2017

Meet Hanna Rioseco

As an Online Community Associate in the IEG Department, Hanna Rioseco manages the social presence of THIRTEEN, WLIW21, NJTV, NYC-ARTS, and SciTech Now, and works with local producers to create social campaigns for their shows. “I’m also involved with social media for the digital series First Person and one-off projects like School Inc., which feeds next month. In addition, I organize monthly social media roundtables for WNET staff,” Hanna says. Read on to learn about the WNET programs Hanna plans to watch and stream this month, her favorite places in Bed-Stuy, and more.

Hanna Rioseco

Hanna Rioseco

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

I studied Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and tailored my studies to concentrate on visual culture and the power of multimedia to drive storytelling. After a year-long stint in marketing, I realized that I wanted to try something different that more closely aligned with what I had studied in school.

You’ve created some pretty amazing memes for the #StandWithTHIRTEEN campaign that has been launched in response the proposed CPB budget cuts. How do you create the memes, and is there a place where people can access them to share on social media?

I highly recommend visiting THIRTEEN’s Giphy page, which is where all of our GIFs are hosted. Giphy actually has a really easy-to-use tool for creating your own.

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 was the only channel I was allowed to watch as a kid. For a long time, actually, I was under the impression that KCET (Los Angeles’s old PBS station) was the only channel that existed. I loved and was inspired by so many of the shows I watched on PBS. Zoom and Cyberchase were my favorite shows. My sister and I watched them every day after school. Then we’d spend the rest of the afternoon playing Mission Motherboard online.

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

Dead Reckoning (airing 3/28), Nature’s Yosemite (airing 3/29), and Colonial House on THIRTEEN Passport.

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

I live in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Whenever I have work to do on weekends, I’ll head over to Stonefruit – it’s a café/greenery/event space. The entire back room has great Wi-Fi and is FULL of plants, all available for purchase. My go-to warm weather spot is Project Parlor because they have a huge backyard and allow patrons to bring their dogs!

What book are you currently reading?

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

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

I play volleyball on weekends and participate in the occasional Mario Kart competition.

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