What I Learned At Yale

June 18, 2018


THREAD at Yale changed me.
My biggest take away: Trust in you.
A delicious stew of 59 unique storytellers from around the globe flew, drove and boarded trains to make the life-changing journey to Yale University.

We all met for the first time at an on-trend beer joint, creatively named BAR. It's smack dab in the middle of downtown New Haven and serves "New Haven-style" pizza. Never knew there was such a thing. But it is good.

After a bit of informal kibitzing and eating, a spry bespectacled man who looked to be at the most 40, climbed up a set of stairs and perched on the landing at the top.
His legs dangled as he looked down at our crew below.
It was our fearless leader, the founder of the THREAD at Yale program, Mark Oppenheimer.
"This is my favorite week of the year," he smiled. "I live for these four days."
It was a phrase we heard over and over and over that week at Yale.
Not just from Mark, but from the other mentors too.
And I now know why.

THREAD at Yale not only taught me how to improve my storytelling, it taught me to trust in myself. Stick up for my unique strengths. Tell my story as I only know how. Stop the self-doubt & get the work done.

Each mentor offered nuggets of storytelling gold.
Here's a quick smattering of what each mentor taught me:

Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth
: Tell the truth, share the emotion, but don't share your story yet if the feelings are still too raw. Write, write and rewrite.

Jake Halpern, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist: Find subjects you care about, that you want to be invested in, and believe in yourself 100%, even if no one else does. 

Glynn Washington, Host & Executive Producer of Snap Judgement: Follow your passion, if you want to succeed--you will, just never give up. And hire a good team.

Stephanie Foo, Producer: This American Life: Work burn out is real. Take a break sometimes. Take care of yourself.

Peter Aguero, GrandSLAM Champ, The Moth: Don't be a dick.

Jenna Wortham, Staff Writer, New York Times Magazine: Don't be afraid to take that internship, and another one, and another one. Don't be afraid of technology. Try something new, then try something newer, embrace the next.
And finally--fight for what you believe in and think is right.

Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor, The New York Times: Always carry a small notebook so you can write down story ideas, contacts & leads.
Read good books and learn how others tell good stories. 
You can be a woman who is married with children and still have career success. You just have to work really hard.
Always be open to new ideas and realize others may see the world differently than you-- and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Sarah Stillman, Staff Writer, The New Yorker: Work your ass off, but stay kind.

Linda Gradstein, Journalist & former Reporter at NPR: Learn to delegate. If you're going to work & be a mother--your house is going to be a mess. But that's o.k. Your family & story telling are more important than a tidy house. 

Finally, the other gorgeous takeaway from my time at THREAD at Yale: There is a wonderful tribe of storytellers out there who want to help you succeed. Who want to help you tell your story. Who want you to realize: You're special just the way you are. (With all due props to Mr. Fred Rogers.) 

So, that's how THREAD at Yale changed me. I'm much more o.k. now with the wacky, passionate, emotional storyteller that is me.
And that's o.k. That's really o.k.









 

Off To Yale!

June 10, 2018


Gosh, I love to tell a good story.
Been working at it for 30+ years now. 
During that time I've worked with some of the best in the broadcasting biz.
And some of the worst. Ew.
Learned from them what to do, and what not to do.
My favorite mentors had a zeal for life. And a voracious need to keep learning. 
Me too. 
That's why I applied to Yale University's storyteller program "Thread at Yale."
And holy mackerel, they accepted me.
So, it's off to New Haven, Connecticut, to learn from some of the best s...
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The 2018 Rock Hall Induction Rocked!

April 16, 2018


Long. Live. Rock.
What a night.
More than 6000 people turned out for the sold out 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction.
Inductees this year were The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Bon Jovi, and posthumously Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Gracing the red carpet before the ceremony: Howard & Beth Stern, all the bandmates from Bon Jovi--including their families, The Cars, The Moody Blues, 3 members of Dire Straits, Ann Wilson of Heart, The Killers, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, M...
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Rock Hall Induction 2018

March 10, 2018


Crazy that it's been a year now since I joined SiriusXM Classic Vinyl as weekend DJ.
It flew by!
The first few weeks I trained under the legendary DJ Dusty Street. Not only is she smart, witty and cool, she's really sweet too. A one of a kind lady. Still can't believe I work with her!

Every time I walk into work, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a big ole grin spreads across my face & my heart fills with joy. "I work here!" I scream inside. "I work here!" 

The building is stunning and it's filled...
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Katherine Boyd Joins SiriusXM As Host

March 5, 2017


SiriusXM has named Katherine Boyd weekend host of its Classic Vinyl channel.
Her first day on air will be Saturday, March 11.
She'll broadcast live from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm.
Katherine is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster who brings a wealth of on-air and reporting experience.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I'd be spinning records out of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame!" says Boyd.
"I grew up on Classic Rock and it was...
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Celebrating A Friend's Dream Come True!

January 11, 2017

I met Karen Siat eons ago when we were competing in the Mrs Ohio America Pageant.
We became immediate friends.
She just had a spark and drive that drew me to her.
And I vividly recall how she told me that weekend that her dream was to one day be a celebrity makeup artist and own her own makeup studio.
Well, this weekend, that dream comes true.
After years of working as a make-up artist for stars, world-renown photographers, magazines, and advertisers, Karen is opening her own makeup studio.
It's ca...
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Guest Tweeter Of The Week On @InTheCle

November 21, 2016


Honored to be asked to be "Tweeter Of The Week" for Cleveland's #1 Twitter site @InTheCle.
This is my encore performance... following my first guest gig in January 2015.
The @InTheCle Twitter account is a citizen voice social media channel that lets Clevelanders share and promote their love for Cleveland via Twitter.
Each week it features a new Clevelander to tweet.
@InTheCle was named Cleveland Magazine's 2016 Reader's Choice Best Twitter Account. 
I'll have a ton to share ranging from my love of...
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Katherine Boyd To Host Hullaballoo 5 Fashion Show

November 6, 2016


Project Runway alum and Cleveland-based designer Valerie Mayen will present her latest collection at Hullabaloo 5 on Friday, November 5, at The Nash in Cleveland.
This year's collection is titled "Heritage" because Valerie sourced her materials from reclaimed clothing she found in 5 rustbelt cities. She then transformed them into entirely new, fresh, yet timeless pieces.
Hosting this year's show will be Cleveland celeb Katherine Boyd.
Also, local men's wear boutique Trunk, located in Gordon Squa...
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Featured In Cleveland Magazine

August 19, 2016


Katherine Boyd featured in Cleveland Magazine.
Read the story here.



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Katherine Boyd Named Morning Edition Host

March 26, 2016


On Monday, March 28, 2016, Katherine Boyd will step behind the mic as host of NPR's Morning Edition on 90.3 WCPN.

Katherine is a veteran journalist who has spent more than 20 years covering news and sharing stories on radio, TV, print and on the web.

"This is an opportunity of a lifetime," says Boyd. "National Public Radio is one of the last bastions of true journalism. You have the opportunity to develop stories, go in depth, and be a true story-teller. I'm over the moon."

You can li...


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