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About Spark Public

About Spark Public

Spark Public (formerly What's Good 206) is a digital storytelling showcase and workshop for new public media produced by the coming generation of multimedia journalists. Our stories are a catalyst to inform, to inspire, to entertain and to create meaningful connections in the community, with targeted relevance to an 18–34 audience. Spark Public is a division of Cascade Public Media, a multi-platform media organization that includes and


Stacey Jenkins

Stacey Jenkins is the managing producer of Spark Public. She is an Emmy-award winning producer who is passionate about pushing the boundaries of digital media and training the next generation of multimedia journalists. Stacey has been a Digital Content Producer at KCTS 9 for the past four years; her stories have been showcased locally on IN Close as well as nationally on SciTech Now and the PBS NewsHour's Art Beat. Stacey’s experience also includes working as a senior producer for KPTS, as an assistant media instructor and producer for Portland Community College and a TV news reporter for the CBC in Canada.

Fun Fact: Stacey’s guilty pleasures include over-the-top Halloween decor, eating sweetened condensed milk straight from the can and Maroon 5’s “Sugar” video.

Abby Shalawylo

Abby Shalawylo is Spark Public's freelance social media producer/talent. Abby is a senior at Seattle Pacific University majoring in communications with a theatre minor. She is a Disney College Program alumni and currently works at CenturyLink Field for the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC games. A few of her favorite things include musicals, movies, chocolate and getting to know people.

Gabriela Capestany

Gabriela Capestany is a freelance producer at Spark Public. She is a sophomore at the University of Washington pursuing a double major in cinema studies and communication with a minor in Danish. She’s also the co-director of HuskyCreative, a student-run UW ad agency.  Her main passion is film and her movies have been featured in film festivals around the world, most notably the Los Angeles Film Festival. When she’s not interning or at school, Gabi enjoys bouldering, biking, and traveling the world (21 countries and counting!)

Fun Fact: Her favorite kind of film is Scandinavian film. She just got back from studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she spent five months learning Danish and biking around the city.

Paris Nguyen

Paris Nguyen is Spark Public's entertainment writer/reporter. He is a writer and journalist who specializes in entertainment news. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2013, majoring in psychology and cinema studies. With a passion for all things film-related, Paris spends the majority of his free time exploring the expansive world of cinema. When not munching on popcorn in a dark theater, Paris enjoys cycling, rock climbing and feebly tossing a frisbee in the general direction of other humans. Paris grew up in Issaquah, Wash., where he developed a deep fondness for hiking and pronouncing the name of his hometown incorrectly.

Sarah Strunin

Sarah Strunin is a filmmaker and video journalist from Oakland, California. After graduating from UCLA in 2013 she worked as an Associate Producer on the feature documentary Company Town. She has made Seattle her home for the last four years. Before joining the Spark Public team, she interned at KCTS 9 on the EarthFix team. She freelances on the side making short documentaries, music videos and experimental film. Since moving to Seattle, she spends much of her time dreaming about the sun

Serena Berry

Serena Berry is an independent filmmaker and producer from Tacoma, Washington. She holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington-Tacoma. As a multi-talented freelance producer, Serena’s goal has always been to create stories that often don’t get told about real people. Outside of filmmaking, Serena’s interests include reading, writing, watching independent films from around the world (with a specific love for French cinema), discovering new music and dance and spending time with family.

Former Contributors/Interns

Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson is a part-time producer at Spark Public (formerly What's Good 206). Charles is majoring in journalism at the University of Washington. He is also a part-time videographer and editor for Husky Athletics and a digital content producer for The Daily of the University of Washington. Charles was a intern at KCTS 9 for six months before joining the WG206 team.

Chris Mercurio

Chris is an intern at KCTS 9 and a digital design student at Seattle University. He is passionate about creating jobs, elevating the status of designers and artists, and is currently producing an online video game that utilizes virtual reality software. Chris has freelanced as a photographer, videographer and motion graphic designer. He once taught hip-hop choreography classes in the heart of Los Angeles and is an accomplished online video gamer.

Fun fact: He likes to go to new restaurants and try the same thing.

Desirae Hayes-Vitor

Desirae Hayes-Vitor is thrilled to be the social media intern for Spark Public! She is a sophomore at the University of Washington, pursuing a major in Marketing with a double minor in Sales and Diversity. She has worked as the visual arts chair for her sorority, and is a member of numerous clubs on campus, such as the Undergraduate Women in Business club. Her passions include reading, painting, and enjoying lots of coffee!

Edward Duo

Edward Duo is graduated from Seattle University with a film degree and a theater performance minor. He is from China and currently works as a freelance filmmaker and photographer in Seattle. He moved to the U.S. five years ago. He believes film is the best way to communicate with people from different cultural background.

Fun Fact: The only reason he keeps his Facebook account is to share cute cat and dog pictures.

James Germain

James Germain is a graduate from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a degree in English literature. He’s written for CultureMob and Vinyl District in Seattle and has been bartending and playing music for over 10 years. He’s currently the bar manager at Bitterroot in Ballard and enjoys listening to old jazz tunes at home and behind the bar.

Kate Clark

Kate Clark is a freelance journalist based in Seattle. She recently graduated from the University of Washington where she studied journalism and international studies. After graduating, she traveled to Bangalore, India to work as a journalist. These days, Kate is busy navigating algorithms and bots as she searches for a full-time writing gig.

Kelsey Hamlin

Kelsey Hamlin is a former intern with Spark Public (formerly What's Good 206). Hamlin attends the University of Washington, majoring in journalism and law, societies  and justice. She completed an internship with The Seattle Times as an Olympia legislative reporter and is currently interning with South Seattle Emerald as well. See her other work on her website, or find her on twitter @ItsKelseyHamlin.

Fun Fact: When Kelsey was three years old, she had to have emergency eye surgery after her eye swelled itself shut. To this day, the doctors have no idea what caused it.

Megan Murnane

Megan Murnane is a freelance journalist and videographer. She has had work featured in Crosscut, KING 5, and the Global Post. She is a recent graduate of Washington State University (WSU) with specialization in multimedia journalism and broadcast production. She has a second degree in history and a minor in political science. During her time at WSU, she was also the President of Cable 8 Productions and the Association for Women in Communications. She has had the opportunity report internationally from Cuba and Nepal. You can follow her on Twitter @MeganMurnane. 

Melissa Seda

Melissa Seda is a film graduate from the University of Oregon. Her passion lies in film and various forms of storytelling. Her experience includes directing music videos, editing commercials and even acting in quirky short films. She loves learning new skills and meeting new people.

Fun fact: I once sang “Love Shack” with Bill Nye (The Science Guy) at a bat mitzvah.

Peter W. Choi

Peter W. Choi joined KCTS 9 in October of 2016 as a production intern.

He was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States as an international student in 2011. He is a senior at Seattle Pacific University studying communication and sociology. He is passionate about international affairs, especially foreign relations with North Korea. He hopes to work as a foreign correspondent who covers national and world issues.  In his spare time, he enjoys watching films, beatboxing and singing.

Follow him on Twitter @peterwchoi_

Rebecca Starkey

Rebecca is a graduate of Highline College with a degree in journalism. Currently, she attends Central Washington University majoring in film with an emphasis in production. She is also the president of Wildcat Films, CWU's student-run production company, and was the recipient of the Rising Star scholarship for film. Rebecca has a strong sense of visual storytelling and hopes to pursue cinematography after graduation. When she is not behind the camera, Rebecca can usually be found rock climbing or painting.

Rhea Panela

Rhea Panela is a summer intern with Spark Public. Rhea is majoring in journalism with minors in English and diversity at the University of Washington. She is also the Digital Media Editor at the International Examiner and a writer for The Daily of the University of Washington. She was named one of the inaugural UW Husky 100 and was also one of the recipients of the 2016 Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship. See her previous work on her website and find her on Twitter @rheapanela_.

Fun Fact: She has an unhealthy obsession with Hot Cheetos.

Tim Han

Tim Han studied film and drama at the University of Washington and graduated with a B.A. in CineMedia. He has directed a total of four shorts. His professional experience includes working as a digital media producer for UW, a student video assistant for UW's School of Nursing, and an intern for KCTS 9. Tim has been working as a freelance filmmaker for the past five years and is a self-professed pug enthusiast.

Trennesia Jackson

Trennesia Jackson is a journalism graduate of the University of Washington. She has been a part of Spark Public (formerly What’s Good 206) since 2014. She has interned for both KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and KING 5 News and currently works for the UW’s online production The Daily’s Double Shot. Aside from writing Tre also enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.


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