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April 22, 2020

Meet Volunteer Carolyn L.

My connection to public broadcasting as a professional began when I was in my early 20’s. However years before that, I was personally introduced to public broadcasting (both television and radio) through my mother.

I have a masters in journalism and began my career began as a Community Relations Associate at WCNY, the public television and radio station in Central New York.

Throughout my career I have been a close supporter of public broadcasting. Thus, when it was time to find a volunteer position after retirement, I zeroed in on THIRTEEN. A full circle for me. Luckily, former Director of Volunteer Services Gloria Deucher found me a project right away, working for American Masters. Following that assignment, I literally “pestered” Gloria to find me more volunteer work, anywhere.

An opportunity arose at the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center to work as a receptionist, starting with American Graduate Day. Following that event, I was asked to work as a receptionist at almost all the events happening at Lincoln Center Studios over a period of years. Eventually, I was asked to concentrate on MetroFocus as my main assignment.

I love working at THIRTEEN, and have been doing so for seven years. I consider the people I work with my extended family, especially those at MetroFocus. We have been working together for many years, enjoying each others’ company, and respecting our unique talents. For me, meeting such a diverse group of guests each week is enlightening. Not only have I met very talented artists and authors, I have also learned so much about my city from the ground up. I am especially impressed with all the advocates for hundreds of causes who have come to share their stories.

When I am not volunteering, I love museums, theater, botanical gardens, ladies’ lunches and reading. In addition, I do love to explore New York City at large, visiting diverse neighborhoods, historic homes, whatever is new to me. It seems to be an endless list. And of course, all the great offerings on television and radio.

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