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JOMC 710:
Final Project

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 for problems.

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 talents.

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 Carolina
  • 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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    See Rebekah Radisch's full résumé.

    See Rebekah Radisch's JOMC 710 "UUU OF THE WWW" project.


    See Rebekah Radisch's JOMC 710 "CITIZEN CAMPBELL: MINI-ESSAY."


    See Rebekah Radisch's JOMC 714 "Database and Web Searching" project: "Searching Without Google."

    See Rebekah Radisch's JOMC 712 Web site: "Radisch Slices."

    See Rebekah Radisch's JOMC 711 blog: "Every Little Jot & Tittle."

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