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March 20, 2020

Meet Hannah Dawe

As a Learning Partnerships and Engagement Specialist, Hannah Dawe works on a variety of projects with her colleaugues in the Kids’ Media & Education Department. “A lot of my work involves engaging teachers through professional development workshops and social media, as well as working on our Youth Collective initiative and planning the youth summit we held in early March. I’ve also been helping produce educational content for PBS LearningMedia and developing new media projects. My days are never quite the same, which is very exciting!” Hannah says. Read on to learn the public media programs on Hannah’s must-watch list, her favorite places in South Harlem, and more.

Hannah Dawe

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

My background is in theater. I studied theater and history at Northwestern University, and then spent several years in Chicago working as an actor and director (I will talk musical theater with anyone, anytime). While I was working in theater, I also worked in classrooms all across the city as a teaching artist and teaching test preparation. I wanted to combine my love of storytelling and the arts with my passion for education and equity, and felt a strong pull towards working in children’s media – where great storytelling can be more accessible and have big impact! I graduated from the Arts in Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Spring 2019, and was thrilled to get a job in the Kids’ Media and Education department this fall.

Are there any current or upcoming projects or events you’re particularly excited about?

I am so excited to work on resources for American Masters’ Unladylike multimedia series, which has launched digitally. It definitely speaks to my inner-history nerd. Also, while I’m not excited about the reason, I am very passionate about the work our department has been doing to help support students, families, and educators during this current COVID crisis. I feel very lucky to be working with a team of people who care deeply about education and are thinking carefully and creatively about how we can best help support learning, through our resources and beyond.

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?

We were a total PBS family growing up. We didn’t have cable, so all my favorite childhood tv shows were PBS. I was a huge Arthur fan. My sister and I can still sing the lyrics to the library song (“having fun…isn’t hard…when you’ve got a library card!”).

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

I’m definitely excited to watch the Great Performances at the Met production of Turandot airing tonight and the Nature episode about Yosemite (especially feeling a need to stay connected to nature these days!). I’ve also been listening regularly to the American Masters podcast and am excited to keep tuning in.

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

I live in South Harlem. I love Double Dutch for coffee, and I live dangerously close to a Levain bakery. My favorite dinner spot is Zoma, an incredible Ethiopian restaurant. I only moved here a few months ago, so excited to discover more.

What book are you currently reading?

Just finished The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai and absolutely loved it. I’m now reading Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, as part of my grad school friend cross-country virtual book club.

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

I’m a big yoga fan and practice several times a week. Also, I LOVE playing Scrabble. Mostly virtual these days, but that definitely gives me more time to try to get that 7-letter word.

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