What We Watch: Kristin Korevec, Special Events Manager

Kristin Korevec is the Special Events Manager at WPT.  For the February issue of our member program guide, Airwaves, we caught up with Kristin to learn about her role – and what she likes to watch on WPT when she’s not busy making event magic happen!

“My co-workers are the best part of my job. I’m inspired and challenged by the people around me every day.” -Kristin Korevec

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Can you tell me a little about what your work is like on a daily basis? Or on a “typical” day?
It sounds cliché, but there’s really no “typical” day in my job. That’s what I love most – there’s a lot of variety and I’m always challenged in new ways. This past year, WPT hosted more than 100 community events and screenings across the state.

The annual Garden Expo draws more than 20,000 attendees to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. This year’s Expo takes place Feb. 9-11.

Right now, I’m focused on preparations for Garden Expo, one of our largest community engagement and fundraising events that attracts nearly 20,000 people. I’m doing budget and strategy work, recruiting new presenters and exhibitors, overseeing promotional efforts and building new partnerships. There are so many people at the station involved in making it all happen. This is the 25th annual Garden Expo, so I think a lot about that incredible legacy, and how I can keep the event fresh and exciting for attendees year after year.

What is your favorite part of your job at WPT?
My co-workers are the best part of my job. I’m inspired and challenged by the people around me every day.

I also love working for an organization whose mission I believe in so strongly. I’m proud that our events are closely aligned with WPT’s mission, aiming to educate, inform, inspire and entertain people across Wisconsin.

I also really enjoy building events. I like the bigger-picture strategizing and the smaller details. It’s exciting to watch the puzzle come together.

If you had to pick, what are your favorite PBS shows – and why?American Experience and FRONTLINE are my two favorites. I’ve always enjoyed learning about important or interesting events and people in American history. American Experience Executive Director Mark Samels and his team have a way of telling stories that truly brings history alive.

I think FRONTLINE is doing the best journalism out there today. They tackle complex subjects in a remarkably in-depth way. I have a much better understanding of important issues from multiple viewpoints after watching an episode.

We did a few local events last spring with FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath and it was fascinating to hear her take on the future of journalism. I was also surprised to learn that her team is oftentimes editing a piece until literally the moment it’s broadcast — because the issue is still evolving.

Fun fact: Mark Samels and Raney Aronson-Rath are both University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates!

As a parent of a three-year-old, I’m just starting to explore PBS Kids offerings. I feel so fortunate to have access to high-quality education programming in our home.

And what are your must-watch WPT shows?
I love Wisconsin Life and learning more about the people and places that make our state unique. This season, I was especially struck by the episode about Jaxon Louis from Richland County. After being diagnosed with brain cancer at age 7, Jaxon was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They brought to life his dream of having a smaller-scale version of Miller Park baseball stadium in his backyard. Now Jaxon is cancer-free, and uses his gift to give back to his community and fundraise for cancer research. It was a beautiful, really well-done piece. I also enjoy new host Angela Fitzgerald. Her energy and curiosity is infectious.

I’m also obsessed with cooking and eating, so I’m really looking forward to the new season of Wisconsin Foodie!

Finally, what’s your favorite thing about public television?
I love the diversity and excellence of the programming, and how public television is committed to being responsive to local community needs and providing service to all.

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