NPR's Summer 2004 Interns
Intern Bios: G - KDeanna Garcia
María Paz Hermosilla
Dana Bollt Kalish
María Paz Hermosilla, Newscast
María Paz recently graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, where she studied journalism. Despite feeling fiercely Chilean and South American, her ties with the United States are strong, having lived for three years in Colorado while she was a young girl. Her college years included a yearlong rendezvous in "gringolandia," as she affectionately calls it, her grandma's native country.
She was proud to become a true "cheese-head" after two semesters studying abroad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and ended her tour through the U.S. with an internship at CNN en Español in Atlanta, Ga. Back home, a chance meeting with Doug Mitchell during his visit to Chile motivated her to apply to NPR, fostered by a new program to bring the first international intern to NPR.
In her free time María Paz keeps very busy. She has been in scouts all her life and is currently a scout leader of teenage girls. "I am a bookworm," she confesses, but also enjoys dancing and singing.
María Paz feels a little weird when people can't tell she's a foreigner. Is that blending in too much? Where's her accent? Hoping to deepen Latin American ties, María Paz is studying Portuguese. She dreams to own her own broadcast production company and travel throughout the world. You better watch out.she even has her own business cards.
Christina Houghton, Communications - Public and Media Relations
Christina Houghton loves to travel. This summer, she has made her way to Washington, D.C., to intern in NPR's communications department. Last summer, she wandered out to Portland, Ore. where she worked for the Portland Art Museum. The previous summer, Christina traveled around Europe for a month. Some of her most exciting trips include visiting China, Indonesia and Nicaragua. Most of the time, however, you will find her in snowy Minnesota (St. Paul) where she attends Macalester College or at her family's apartment in Manhattan.
At Macalester, Christina is majoring in English. She loves her major because it allows her to read as much as she wants. She is also completing minors in French and art history. Christina's passion for the French language and francophone cultures first began when she spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France.
FYI: If you see her leaning precariously over the side of her desk, head tilted slightly to the left, she is not crazy but simply trying to overhear one of her French coworkers on the phone. She plans to study in Dakar, Senegal next spring. Christina's interest in art history began shortly after her first trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the age of two (months). Favorite artists include Robert Rauschenberg, Vic Muniz, Cindy Sherman, Alexander Calder and Gerhard Richter.
Sze Hui, NPR Finance
Sze Hui is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in (appropriately enough) finance and operations and information management. Born in Hong Kong, Sze now lives in High Point, N.C. When he's not at work, Sze enjoys playing tennis, riding his bike and playing Dance Dance Revolution at local arcades. He's also found that being good at Dance Dance Revolution is definitely not an indicator of actual dancing skill. His interests also include listening to music (favorite artists: BT and Junior Senior) and shopping for all sorts of random stuff on eBay (recent purchases include a pair of headphones and a cell phone).
Sze hopes to work for a financial services firm after graduating. For now, however, he's made it his personal mission to find the best cheap restaurants in the DC area, and eat at all of them before the end of the summer. His other main objective for the summer is to ride every bike trail in the Washington metropolitan area.
Danielle Ivory, Weekend Edition Sunday
Danielle Ivory is a senior at Princeton University, majoring in history and getting a certificate in theatre and dance. Though she has no prior experience in radio, she finds it fabulously intriguing! Normally a print girl, she worked this past summer at The Nation, an English-language newspaper in Thailand, covering feature and news stories. She has also written articles for The Daily Evergreen in Washington State.
When she's not busy being a newshound, Danielle adores singing jazz, practicing ballet and traveling to far-off lands. She hopes to one day be an investigative journalist and to write about public health or the environment. She also hopes to actually get paid for this. Danielle is from the magical land of Pullman, Washington where lentils and dreams grow.
Dana Bollt Kalish, Development
Dana Kalish hails from Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from Walt Whitman High School. While in high school, she coxed for the crew team and became a sign language interpreter during her junior year. An English major, she is a rising junior at Lehigh University where she served as Vice President of the Sophomore Class, a member of the Association of Student Alumni, Vice President of Programming for her sorority, and a writer for the online newspaper. As VP, Dana organized a fundraising date auction and raised over $1,500 to be donated to the American Heart Association. She is currently NPR's Development Intern for the summer of 2004 and looks forward to studying in Seville, Spain next spring.
Todd Keithley, Legal division
Todd has recently completed his first year of law school at Columbia University and is an intern in the Office of the General Counsel at NPR. Before going to law school, he worked as an agent in the publishing industry.
Margaret Kelley, Music Unit
Margaret Kelley, from Centerport, Long Island, N.Y., worked in radio while attending Catholic University and majoring in French. At WCUA she was music director and librarian, and spent three years hosting and programming two music shows. Margaret also studied intensively at McGill University in Montréal. She enjoys listening to Serge Gainsbourg and Blur, playing the cello, and studying linguistics, phonetics and francophone cultures. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Sunny Khemlani, Audio Engineering
Despite his purported infatuation with all things sonic, Sangeet "Sunny" Khemlani chose the Audio Engineering internship because of his keen interest in glowing buttons and flashing lights, which seem to be the motif in NPR's expansive studios. He's optimistic that their functions will make sense to him in the near future, though his intrigue with the lights alone is enough to keep him quite busy during the day. A voracious and long-time fan of NPR, Sunny is delighted to be spending his summer working for the Engineering department.
Sunny recently completed his sophomore year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he's studying towards a dual bachelor's in electronic arts and cognitive psychology. He spends his time at school working at RPI's iEAR Studios; doing research for the Arts Department, the Academy of Electronic Media, and the Cognitive Science Department; and working as a technician for Rensselaer's sound engineering club. He's mixed front-of-house, deejayed, technically produced several audio and video projects and programmed a synthesizer, but cites his mastery of the kazoo as his greatest accomplishment. Sunny wants to go to grad school to study something artsy, nerdy or both.
Alison Klayman, All Things Considered
Alison Klayman is a junior at Brown University, concentrating in history. She is a news anchor on 95.5 WBRU in Providence, and a late night DJ on the station's "Jazz After Hours" program. Originally from Philadelphia, she's a New York City girl at heart. Last summer she immersed herself in the New York documentary film scene, interning at several film companies including "Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues," a seven-film series that aired on PBS in the fall. Recently, she and a partner received a C.V. Starr National Service Fellowship to create a documentary film about the history of women's communities at Brown.
Alison is also a longtime student of classical piano, and has played with the Brown University Orchestra. She is very passionate about music; in fact, she and her friends have driven over 4500 miles to see her favorite band Phish on tour.
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