Getting to know… Peggy Lowe (Harvest Public Media PIN analyst)

Joellen Easton
Business Development Manager
Public Insight Network
Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media

Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media

From Peggy Lowe, PIN analyst with Harvest Public Media:

I’ve spent 22 years as a reporter in the West and recently returned home to the Midwest to be the Harvest Media analyst. Goal number one is building up the numbers of sources in our database, so I’ve done two outreach events and have a third planned. To say that these have been grassroots efforts is to speak literally.

The first event was on July 14 at a coffee house in Iowa City, Iowa, where Harvest did a live talk show on Iowa Public Radio about the booming local food movement.  The second was at the Boone County Fair in Columbia, Missouri, where my booth was a dusty table next to the open cowboy bar named “Whoa Nelly.” I’m not kidding. My third outreach event was at the Farm Aid concert on Aug. 13, where we will be in a special exhibition space called “Homegrown Village.”

I’ve sent out a queries to farmers, like the one on the U.S. Labor Department’s proposal that would prohibit farm workers under age 16; and I’ve heard the fears about the comeing federal aid cuts to Medicare from those at the National Rural Health Association conference.

Much of what gets done can be seen at the Harvest Network website – check it out.

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Joellen Easton Business Development Manager
Public Insight Network
Joellen Easton gets to chart the next mission for PIN: New ways to use the network for meeting information needs, with new partners and new technologies. All shiny objects cross her desk.

Her background is in anthropology, and she has produced for WGBH, PRI’s The World, and as a freelancer. She first worked with PIN at Marketplace as a PIN analyst for four years, and after that as partners manager for three years, leading the training and support team. She is degreed from Tufts and MIT.