Membership Monday - Meet Board Member Kate McClain

    Kate McClain, President, McClain Media LLC, says that her early careers as a journalist and a video producer naturally progressed to corporate communications and public relations. She’s worked in PR for more than 20 years. A member of PRSA for 10 years, she joined to make connections. “I was new to coastal Virginia and wanted to network with my own species,” she quipped. 

    At PRSA Hampton Roads she’s been an invaluable chapter member and has served in various positions on the board. She’s currently an assembly delegate for the chapter. Her advice for those who are new to the public relations profession? “Be curious. Be interested and interesting,” she said. “Well-meaning mentors will constantly counsel that you must learn to think like a strategist. That may be true, but the most successful PR professionals I know bring a variety of tactical skills and talents to the picnic.” 

    Now for the important questions:  

    1. If you didn't work in public relations, what would you be doing instead? I’m interested in so many things. Maybe I’d be a spy. Or a marine biologist. Or a librarian – one who curates books about marine biologists involved in espionage.
    2. What’s your favorite book, movie or song of all time? Why? I adore books, movies and music but I’m fickle; I fall in and out of love with them. Some of my all-time favorite authors include John Cheever, John Updike, Flannery O’Conner, Joseph Mitchell. I’m fond of film noire and neo noire. Favorites include Spellbound, Maltese Falcon, Chinatown, The Long Goodbye, L.A. Confidential, The Godfather, Gladiator. My music tastes are eclectic and include Bizet, Vivaldi, Joe Jackson, Sting, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews but I’m particularly passionate about jazz – Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Mark Murphy.
    3. What’s one thing about you that others are surprised to discover? If only I were so interesting.
    4. What's the last picture you took with your phone? The recipe for a wicked-good salsa.
    5. Name five people you'd invite to your dream dinner party. It would be a somewhat ghostly affair: Jacques Cousteau; Scott Kelley; John Updike; Sheryl Sandberg; and my favorite fella – Larry Ebersold.

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