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Meet Lou Giansante

Lou Giansante produces audio for kids, teachers, and parents who visit Scholastic's Web site. He created Scholastic News Radio for kids. As "Lou the News Guy," he produces Kid-to-Kid News and helps kids from across the country express opinions, review books, movies, and Web sites, and report on news where they live. Lou used to produce live radio for kids ("New York Kids") on WNYC Radio in New York City. He was also a reporter for National Public Radio. He has also taught kids of all ages how to write and produce radio.

Lou has also worked as a consultant on the design of radio for children and youth for organizations such as Radio 4 in the Netherlands, the BBC World Service, KidSPIRIT Internet Radio in Canada, and the Harlem Internet Radio Training Site in New York. He co-founded the World Radio Forum, an international network of producers who produce radio for and with children and teens.

Lou says he enjoys working with audio on the Web.

"The Internet means words, pictures — and sounds too," Lou said. "Kids love to record themselves, and audio tickles the part of the brain that really sparks their imaginations. Most important, audio empowers kids. Kids who have opinions, and who feel that those opinions are listened to seriously, grow up to be active and engaged citizens of the world."

Meet Karen Finney

Karen Finney works at Scholastic developing partnerships between Scholastic and other companies and non-profit organizations. Before Scholastic, Karen worked in politics and public service, specializing in communications and press relations. She developed this expertise working on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign; at the White House as a member of the Clinton Administration; on the campaign for U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; and at the New York City Board of Education.

As a communications expert, Karen worked with print and television reporters, photographers, and media from all over the world to respond to their questions on topics ranging from education, campaign strategy, health care, state dinners, and even Socks the White House cat. She also set up interviews, developed ideas for media campaigns, wrote press releases, talking points, and helped to write speeches. Part of her job was to brief her bosses and help them prepare for upcoming interviews and speeches, to analyze how well they did, and make recommendations on how to improve.