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Deanna Mackey

Station Manager - Contributor through August 2015

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Deanna Martin Mackey is Station Manager for KPBS, serving as the organization’s COO and overseeing the station’s content on TV, radio and the Web. She also manages all support departments from membership and corporate support to engineering, outreach and communications.

Deanna has worked at KPBS since 1990 in roles ranging from managing editor of KPBS’ On Air magazine to media relations coordinator and director of public information. Prior to becoming the Station Manager, Deanna spent 10 years as the Associate General Manager for Marketing, Education and New Media.

Deanna supports the Girl Scouts San Diego and served as a board member for six years and as the development chair for three years. She has also served as the chair of public media’s Integrated Media Association.

Prior to working at KPBS, Deanna was a writer and editor for numerous San Diego-based publications. She spent her early years in journalism as a radio news writer. Deanna has a bachelor of arts from San Diego State University with a double major in journalism and political science.

Recent Stories by Deanna Mackey

Tease photo for San Diego Cooks: Orange Stuffing

San Diego Cooks: Orange Stuffing

Dec. 20, 2012
By Deanna Mackey

I didn’t know stuffing was “supposed” to be brown until I was 8-or 9 years-old and realized the bready, lumpy dish on my paternal grandmother’s Christmas table was ALSO stuffing. I say “also” because until that point, to me, stuffing had only been one color…an earthy shade of orange.

Tales of a Working Mother: Love

Feb. 21, 2008
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

It's the month where romantic love is the star and people are basking in it, passionately seeking it or mourning that it seems to be everywhere but in their heart.

Tales of a Working Mother: Over the River and on the I-5 to the 101 or However You Got to Grandma's

Jan. 8, 2008
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

As this column appears on KPBS' web site I am just days home from my traditional family Christmas that literally takes place at Grandmother's House. If you were to come to my office today you might still be able to see the shell-shocked look that follows more than a week of round-the-clock family, sugar, food, sugar, presents, sugar, late nights, sugar, fun, sugar, hair-raising temper tantrums, sugar.

Tales of A Working Mother: Say a Little Prayer for Me

Nov. 13, 2007
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

Sometimes, I have to take my three-year-old to church. I say sometimes because my husband is not a churchgoer and often stays with her. But, sometimes hes out of town. Or, sometimes hes sleeping. Or, sometimes she realizes where Im going and theres no stopping her. She is a diva and at her tender age she believes church is about dressing up and she really likes to dress up.

Tales of A Working Mother: Too Hip for Their Minivans

Oct. 16, 2007
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

If you follow parenting trends you may have heard about a Gen X and Y phenomenon called the

Tales of A Working Mother: Home Alone

Sept. 18, 2007
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

My husband was out of town this past weekend and I was home alone with my three sidekicks. I generally try to face these single parent days with a positive attitude, because the alternative is pretty bleak.

Tales of A Working Mother: Drill Sergeant in a Size 3-T

Aug. 20, 2007
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

It annoys me when people reference the Terrific 2s. Its not because I dont think 2-year-olds are terrific. They are. Its thrilling to watch the world unfold before their eyes. Everything is new to them and they want to experience it all by themselves, on their terms, independently, regardless of the fact that they still need a diaper change following their afternoon nap and make it snappy sister, because theyve got things to do.

First, I am a Mother

July 20, 2007
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

Adventures in Eating

June 22, 2007
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

During a recent family dinner the five of us were talking when the conversation veered from what happened on the playground to our familys potential as reality TV contestants.

Tales of a Working Mother: Microwave Mama

May 23, 2007
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

My mother is an excellent cook. She cooks everything from scratch roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, lasagna, black beans with garlic and a hint of chil, apple pie and mile-high chocolate cakes. She also does not believe a meal is complete unless it includes a protein, starch, vegetable and bread, lots of it. When I visit her home I amuse myself by going to the freezer and counting how many varieties she has. I remember once finding a dozen different bags of bread and rolls.

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