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June 23, 2017

Meet Maggie Bower

As a Project Associate in the Education Department, Maggie Bower works on many of the department’s projects, from social media to American Graduate Day. “I run our social media accounts and monthly newsletter, and also update our webpages. I also work on projects with New York State, managing our state reporting and our two education advisory committees: the THIRTEEN Educational Services Advisory Committee (ESAC), made up of NYC educators, and the WLIW Educational Telecommunications Service Committee (ETSC) with educators from Long Island. In addition, this summer I am taking over the “Stories of Champions” project for American Graduate Day 2017,” Maggie says. Read on to learn about Maggie’s work on American Graduate Day, the path that led her to WNET, and more.

Margaret Bower

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

I graduated from Colby College in 2015 and worked all over the place for a bit. For several summers, I was a long trip (50-60 day) canoe guide in Northern Ontario and Quebec, leading middle and high school aged girls and teaching camping, guiding, and whitewater skills. (Ask me about my bear and lightning stories!)

Following that work, I interned at Late Night with Seth Meyers, which gave me the TV/ production bug, and I then worked at a social media marketing company called Sprinklr. I realized I wanted to get back into the TV world, so I looked for work at WNET. I was a freelance coordinator for American Graduate Day 2016 and was hired permanently as a Project Associate after the show.

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

I’m really looking forward to American Graduate Day 2017, which will take place on October 14. Working on the “Stories of Champions” initiative means I get to talk to stations all around the country and help them create their local champions interstitials. It’s great to see these stories come to life. The energy of the actual American Graduate Day event is the best, too. Seeing all the stories come together on the live broadcast is really exciting.

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?

I grew up in Maine, and MPBN was the only channel I was allowed to watch as a kid. I don’t think my family even had other channels! Wishbone, Zoom, Arthur, Cyberchase, and Zoboomafoo were my favorites. Honestly, I probably would still watch Arthur if it was on TV when I got home from work. I grew up on the content, but I also really believe in the mission of public media and love working at a company that is dedicated to making an impact.

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

Nature (any episode!), The Great British Baking Show, and Colonial House.

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

I live not too far from here, on the East side. So I can walk to work, which is the best! But it’s a bit of a strange area, so the cozy coffee shops/ small stores I love are mostly in other areas of the city. But I do really love being near the park, Sushiya on 56th for affordable and good sushi, Jams in Hotel 1 for a tea, and Rue 57 when I want to splurge on a great breakfast.

What book are you currently reading?

I’m reading a few at once: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (as seen on Masterpiece!), and I also just started reading the Outlander books by Diana Galbadon.

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

I do improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Magnet Theaters after work and I love to canoe when I can get out of the city!

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