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Between the Lines
These are exciting times for Debra Grady. She is director of
communications for tiny WorldWater, a solar water start-up operating
out of modest offices in the Pennington Business Park. The company has
no sign of its own on a busy stretch of Route 31, so she guides
visitors to WorldWater’s door by advising a sharp right turn as soon
as they see a cluster of sports cars at the dealership at the head of
Grady’s background is the "very high pressure" world of New York
media. The Notre Dame graduate has held high-profile jobs at USA
Today, National Geographic, and Forbes. Settled in Princeton, with a
young child at home, she had been writing annual reports and preparing
press releases about patents – and savoring the peace and quiet.
Then NPR got wind of the fact that a team from her company is
preparing to leave for Baghdad, where they hope to secure
subcontracting work. Suddenly, she was beseiged by urgent requests
from television, radio, and print reporters. An exceptionally
accommodating person, and a smart one too, she realizes the value of
the publicity. Still, it is not easy fitting in every reporter’s
requests for a few minutes with the men who are on the verge of
undertaking a very dangerous mission.
Grady now speaks of chats with Fox TV producers, has had her
personable boss, Quentin Kelly, on NPR’s Marketplace, and is talking
with news directors at CNBC, CNN, and AP who are eager to have their
reporters accompany the team to Baghdad. She apologizes for a delay in
returning a call, explaining that she had been on a "live taping." Fox
had called with a request that Anand Rangarajan, head of the team,
zoom up to Gallup’s Carnegie Center offices, where there is a
Over the Easter week-end, she had to rush her guys to Philadelphia for
a Friday night television appearance, and then for another on Saturday
night. Praising Grady’s performance under pressure, Kelly comments,
"This is a blitz! We’re not used to this." For U.S. 1’s take on the
hometown company caught up in the international story, see page 16.
Thank you for the accurate reporting on my business (U.S. 1, March
17.). Your reporter, Kathleen McGinn Spring, asked all the right
questions, listened carefully to my answers, and has an engaging
writing style. The result: five people in my last seminar brought your
article with them.
Suzanne M. Engels
Thank you for including the Amateur Astronomers Association of
Princeton in your March 31 issue on space science. For over 40 years
the AAAP has welcomed members, at all levels, to share in the
excitement and discovery of astronomy and related sciences
(www.princetonastronomy.org). Our exhibit at the June 5 Princeton Fete
will feature specially filtered telescopes allowing visitors to safely
view the sun.
Assistant Director AAAP
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