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About Rebekah Radisch.
Rebekah Radisch is an ideas person and a problem-solver. If she had her way, she would sit around and think about solutions
|If there is one compound word that describes Rebekah Radisch, it's "problem-solver." And if there is one word—one question—that
Radisch wants to know, it's "Why?" As a consumer of media she feels this question often goes unanswered—if not unasked.
Radisch does like the phrase "know it all," although she does not care for its usual connotations. Instead of one to whom
all is known, for Radisch the phrase describes her desire to know everything. Friends and coworkers think of her as a problem-solver.
Indeed those who are acquainted with her, turn to her for answers to all kinds of queries, no matter how mundane or how grave.
Give her an impossible quest and Radisch finds an array of reasonable, possible solutions.
Grown from a household of problem solvers, Radisch notes that her father, a retired missile engineer, solved technical problems
related to Cold War protection of American citizens. Her mother, a domestic engineer (or homemaker), solved logistical problems
of moving the family every two years (for Mr. Radisch's work) and managing a maze of family records—including financial,
medical (including multiple immunizations) and school. Radisch's older siblings, a forensic pathologist sister and archaeologist
brother, solve mysteries concerning human and societal demise. More of an ideas person than a technician, Radisch seeks answers
to any question that intrigues her or is requested of her.
It should come as no surprise that her early career interests centered on investigative fields. Were it not for a naive perception
that crime work required more brawns than brains, Radisch may well have pursued such a vocation. A high school realization
that persons are actually paid to come up with the often irritating slogans promoting various products led her to pursue a
career in advertising. Along the way, she discovered a talent for radio and the versatility of a degree from the University
of North Carolina School of Journalism.
As a child doing homework, Radisch would often ask her mother for answers to which the typical response was, "Look it up."
Several hours later, after reading up on everything else on the way to her original, but easily distracted from, destination,
Radisch would have her answer (assuming she remembered what she was looking for in the first place). An eager reader of her
parents' magazines (Ladies Home Journal, TIME, LOOK, LIFE, Scientific American and National
Geographic) and catalogs (Edmund Scientific, DAK, Spencer Gifts and the Sears' Wishbook), not to mention product labels,
Radisch encountered much to wonder about. Assisted by the aging Collier Encyclopedia, inexplicably purchased in 1955
when her older sister reached the advanced academic age of one, and various dictionaries, atlases and almanacs, Radisch often
found her curiosity stifled before sated. With the advent of the Internet and World Wide Web, Radisch rediscovered her hunger
for knowing and indulged her interest in "why." After more than two decades in a variety of media jobs, Radisch still enjoys
getting to the bottom of things and hopes to craft a career that merges her communications experience with her investigative
Accolades & Activities
In 1969, Camp Virginian in Hillsville, Virginia, awarded Radisch a certificate for "Most Improved on Trampoline." The framed
certificate remains on the hallway wall in her family home. While not Radisch's only award and honor, it elicits the most
response from friends. Professionally, during her employment with advertising agencies, Radisch found herself working for
those with a corporate philosophy of "the only award that matters is a satisfied client." And while Radisch agrees with the
sentiment, easy bragging rights are hard to find. Fortunately, so far in her eight-year career in state government at UNC-TV,
Radisch can count professional association awards for the program guide she edits, CenterPiece, and for her work on
The Woodwright's Shop With Roy Underhill promotional pieces.
At one time or another, Radisch has been a member in good standing of such organizations as the National Honor Society, the
University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication Journalism Alumni and Friends Association (JAFA),
the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), UNC-TV and the Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association, the Northgate Park
Neighborhood Association, the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and The Folk Alliance. She has participated as a judge
in several music and media contests, as a member of a number of panel discussions and as an emcee for the Newport Folk Festival
Tour at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre and for a total of 10 years at the Festival for the Eno in Durham. She currently
serves as president of the Durham Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association and treasurer of the St. Philip's Episcopal
Church Altar Guild.
Some Things You May Not Know
About Rebekah Radisch:
Spent self-described wonder years of childhood on a Pacific Ocean island
Very distant relative of Fonda family (Henry, Peter, Jane and Bridget didn't and don't know this)
At six, sold fish eggs scooped out of a neighborhood lake as “caviar“ (unsuccessfully)
At eight, won the $110 Bingo grand prize at the local carnival
Prolific correspondent to disparate personalities, including: Queen Elizabeth II, President Richard Nixon, FBI Director
J. Edgar Hoover, Author James Herriot, North Carolina Governor James Hunt, Representative Patricia Schroeder, President Jimmy
Carter, President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, along with various other personalities from media, politics and
Nobel prizes (some of whom wrote back)
At 10 and 12 won the Ask Andy syndicated question-and-answer contest
Studied percussion at the North Carolina School of the Arts for three summers
After three summers of study, concluded that a lack of rhythm and coordination precluded a percussion career
First to check out The Women's Dress for Success book by John T. Molloy from senior high school library
Managed successful high school class president and treasurer campaigns
Ghost managed successful campaign for UNC's first female student body president
Half of the historic first same-sex couple to have an approved union blessing ceremony in the Episcopal Diocese of North
Learned to drive a stick shift transmission with the purchase of a MINI Cooper in 2002
Co-mom to a nearly three-year-old boy
Walked 75 miles of the ancient Camino de Santiago Spanish pilgrimage (this site features one of her photographs of the
interior of the Santiago Cathedral)
Completes the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication Certificate in Technology and Communication with this project
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