Our Storytellers is a way for us to show the world the amazing content creators that are part of the STORYSTOCK Community. Each week a different storyteller tells us a little bit about who they are and the work they work we do. This weeks storyteller is Mary Parks who is an award-winning television journalist who's spent most of her career in LA...
1. Where in the world are you based?
I am based in southern California, greater Los Angeles.
2. Tell us a little about your professional background?
My background includes a long career of radio and television news with time spent at CBS, NBC, ABC and currently PBS and NPR.
3. What type of projects do you work on?
Currently I am producing a weekly television and radio series on PBS and NPR known as American Spirit. We feature people and organisations doing cool things and paying it forward in many ways. One show we spent the day with volunteers at Santa Monica Beach as they taught brain-injured veterans how to surf, we called the show Waves of Valor.
4. What project are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the project we are working on now CUBA: In the NAME of Social Justice. In 2017 I spent 14 days traveling Cuba with a group of educators from across America who belong to NAME, National Association for Multicultural Education. Their mission was one of social justice and equality. I am working on a half-hour special for PBS at this time.
5. Have you any achievements that you are proud of?
While working in news I was the recipient of local news Emmys, Golden Mikes, and a Los Angeles Press Club Award.
6. What do you like to in your down time?
In my down time I love to catch live music performances, since I don’t play an instrument or sing I truly appreciate those who can and do!
7. What's the one piece of advice you would give other content creators?
Find your speciality or rather your passion and use the to build your brand and audience. It will then come naturally and not seem like work at all.
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