BostonTalks: Women Making History

THU, MAR 21, 2019 (1:07:18)

To mark Women’s History Month, WGBH celebrated three women who have been thriving in historically male-dominated fields. Trenni Kusnierek talks about breaking into sports reporting, Jen Myronuk shares how much Force she needed to become a filmmaker, and Mehreen N. Butt talks about entering local politics. #BostonTalks

+ BIO: Edgar B. Herwick, III

Edgar Herwick is the guy behind WGBH’s Curiosity Desk, where the quest is to dig a little deeper into (and sometimes look a little askew at) topics in the news, and search for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His features can be seen on WGBH’s Greater Boston and heard on 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also appears regularly with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @ebherwick3.

+ BIO: Trenni Kusnierek

Trenni Kusnierek is a graduate of Muskego High School and Marquette University. She has previously worked at WDJT-TV (2001-2002), FSN Pittsburgh (2003-2007), ABC Sports (2005), and FSN Wisconsin (2008), and as a reporter and former studio host for the MLB Network as well as some work for the Big Ten Network and the NFL Network. From 2011 to 2013, she worked for WTMJ (AM) & ESPN 540 in Milwaukee as a sports reporter & talk show host. Kusnierek was hired by NBC Sports to work as a curling reporter during the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics, and also covered tennis for NBC Sports at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Follow Trenni on Twitter.

+ BIO: Jen Myronuk

Jen Myronuk is a filmmaker exploring the intersection of living history theater & immersive media with a focus on the untold stories of women in science. She’s the Co-Founder & Creative Director of STEM on Stage, a STEAM initiative to promote science through digital theater & the arts. She’s the producer & director of the digital theater productions of Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie & Pursuit of Discovery: Lise Meitner & Nuclear Fission and serves on the board of Women in Film and Video of New England.

+ BIO: Mehreen N. Butt

Mehreen N. Butt, Esq. is an attorney living in Wakefield, MA. Mehreen was elected to the Wakefield Board of Selectman in April 2017, becoming the first American-Muslim woman elected to a municipality in Massachusetts. In April 2018, Wakefield voted to officially change the Board name to a gender- neutral name and became “Wakefield Town Council.” Councilor Butt has worked in the health policy and social justice fields, working for the Massachusetts Legislature, Health Care For All, Tufts Health Plan and Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for low income and homeless women in Boston. Mehreen has committed to advocating for better representation, diversity and inclusion in the workforce and in government and works on campaigns that are dedicated to progressive, ethical and compassionate values. She received a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and a B.S. in Biology and English from Tufts University. Councilor Butt is also a Board Trustee for Hallmark Health Systems, an Advisory Board member of SABA GB, and an associate member of the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt. She is a member of the New England Muslim Bar Association and an alumnae of both Emerge Massachusetts and the Woman’s Bar Association Woman’s Leadership Program.

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