Here are the journalists who attened, and for each of them, a unique personal fact AND their favorite brew style that you may want to ask them about at the event.
Professional: Tim has been a part of WITF news team since 2001 and is the Multimedia News Director. Tim recently resurrected his morning routine from nearly three years ago to wake and inform us for the day on Morning Edition.
Personal: Tim and his wife Amy live in Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County. He is an avid hockey enthusiast and a longtime Pearl Jam fan. Ask him about his adorable canine comrade: Happy, our favorite public media puppy! Or if you want to know more about his favorite seasonal beer, it’s Leinenkugel Summer Shandy –turning our thoughts to warmer weather and the beach, then Tim's your guy.
Professional: Ben Allen was recently named the station’s first full-time general assignment reporter for WITF 89.5 and 93.3. He covers breaking news and community stories and also runs WITF's Public Insight Network. Ben is a 2011 graduate of Fordham University, where he worked at the school’s highly acclaimed public radio affiliate, WFUV.
Personal: Ben grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, but he escaped the Bay State without a Bah-stan accent. He lives in Harrisburg and loves to delve into so many different stories every day. Ask Ben about his hopes to get his triathlon career started, and his longtime affinity for Bruce Springsteen. He’s not much of a beer drinker, but he’s making an exception for this event!
Professional: Mary Wilson is the Capitol reporter for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WESA in Pittsburgh. Mary came to WITF after a year being a catch-all staffer for a Maryland politician.
Personal:Mary spent a year living in Italy and honing an appreciation for wine cheaper than bottled water. But she’s also a comedy nerd and an aspiring wonk -- both topics best enjoyed over a good beer. She prefers anything dark and malty.
Professional: Best known for his engaging conversations weekdays on Smart Talk, Scott LaMar is the Executive Producer for Smart Talk and Smart Talk Friday on WITF 89.5 and 93.3 and he is editor of the Smart Talk section of WITF's website.
Personal: Ask Scott about growing up in Coatesville, working as a broadcast news anchor, sports announcer and manager. The most frequent question he gets? "How do you know so much about so much?" Scott loves American history, the Philadelphia sports teams, and Penn State. He lives in Elizabethtown with his wife, Lori, who works in banking. A fan of traditional brews, Scott enjoys Coors Banquet beer.
Professional: Fred is WITF’s program director and has hosted the online program WITF Talks in recent weekly discussions over Downton Abbey and Sherlock. Fred is occasionally on-air as one of the back-up hosts for Tim Lambert and Cary Burkett but prefers to work behind the scenes. Fred lives in Carlisle but came to WITF in 2012 via Oswego, New York where he was program director for WRVO public radio.
Personal: Fred is originally from Connecticut. Ask Fred about running, pinball, and baking – and torturing coworkers with scrumptious baked goods. He’s in the 2014 class of Leadership Cumberland. He’s also a beer guy. His favorite beers include Victory Storm King Stout, ABC’s Volks Weizenbock, and Two Roads Rye95.
Professional: Marie Cusick is WITF’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter covering the state’s energy economy. She joined WITF from Albany, New York where she worked as a multimedia reporter for WMHT. Her TV and radio stories were broadcast by public stations across New York as part of the Innovation Trail— a reporting collaborative among six stations.
Personal: Marie was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for television stations in Lancaster and Casper, Wyoming. She first discovered a taste for beer during a year abroad as an exchange student in Belgium. Her favorite Belgian beer is Westmalle Tripel.
Professional: Arts and culture reporter, Joe Ulrich, has had an interest in audio and music ever since he was a kid. What started as a fascination with his parents' vinyl records and cassette tapes turned into a love for performing and recording. He grew up in Elizabethtown, PA and moved to Pittsburgh in 1999 where he majored in Photography at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2004 he attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, AZ, and then returned to Pittsburgh to intern and work. He returned to Elizabethtown in 2007 and began working for WITF in 2008 where his skills have found a good home both in on-air hosting and audio work.
Personal: Around the office and at home, Joe is rarely seen without a camera in his hands. Also ask Joe about his affinity for tech gadgets and French press coffee. As for beer, Joe prefers wine...currently he’s a fan of Chardonnay.
Professional: Emily is WITF’s newest addition to the news team. As Keystone Crossroads reporter, Emily is assigned to report from all 17 counties in the WITF coverage area, with a focus on cities like Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and Lebanon. She previously covered Harrisburg for The Patriot-News/PennLive and Atlantic City for The Press of Atlantic City. Emily also wrote about suburban Chicago for Northwest Newsgroup, and worked for WXPN-FM’s Morning Show and Kids Corner programs during college at the University of Pennsylvania.
Personal: Emily’s “off” hours are spent running, swimming, reading and seeking laughter and good music. She also grew up near the beach, and goes back as often as possible during the summer. Favorite seasonal beers include Dogfish Head Namaste and Rivertowne Pourhouse Hala Kahiki.
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