News editor Karie Simmons has been following staff around with a camera phone and asking them rapid-fire questions about the work they do and their interests.
Most of the staff has been very accepting of Karie’s questions, but I’ve been avoiding her for a while in hopes that she just gives up her quest to interview the entire staff. I’m seriously considering hiring a much thinner and more handsome actor to portray me for this project.
Here are some excerpts from Karie’s web series, “Meet the Staff.” You can find episodes on Instagram TV (@mmhweekly, @ucweekly or @southcltweekly) or just search for us on YouTube and click on “Playlists.”
Kayla Berenson (video)
What do you love about your job?
I love that I get to experiment with creativity and I’m given a lot of freedom in my work. I like that I get to go out in the community and meet people from the area.
What are your favorite stories to write?
The ones where I get to go out in the community and meet people. I loved writing about the special election on my second day here and I also got to meet candidates and voters, which was awesome.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
My family is from South Africa.
Andrew Stark (video)
What’s the best part about being the sports editor of the weekly?
I love going out to the games and meeting the kids and getting to tell their stories and develop a relationship with coaches and schools.
What’s your favorite sport?
Right now it’s football, but when it gets cold I’m ready to go inside for basketball.
What’s something that not many people know about you?
That I coach my son’s football team.
Adrian Garson (video)
What are three qualities of a good boss?
That’s a loaded question. Be a good listener. Having a sense of humility that you don’t know everything because I certainly do not. I would say being able to think outside the box.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
This is kind of funny, but more often than not people think I’m a man. If I get an email from someone who has never met me, they think I am a man. Part of that is because of the way my name is spelled. My mom did spell it with the male spelling. But I also think it’s because there’s still sort of the stereotype that men are typically the boss.
What do you do for fun?
Whatever my kids tell me to do. But if I’m not with the kids, I enjoy live music. I like to shop and I love to sing.
Kylie Sark (video)
What’s your favorite part about your job?
I love working with clients and promoting their businesses.
What’s something you do for fun?
I like to hang out with my daughter, listen to music, travel.
Where do you draw creative inspiration for your art designs?
I can draw it from the most random places but my favorite place to go to is Pinterest.
Stay tuned for more “Meet the Staff” videos posted each week on Instagram and YouTube.