Mary Knauf

Apprentice News Clerk, AirTalk

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Mary Knauf is an Apprentice News Clerk for AirTalk.

Before working at KPCC, Mary worked in marketing and public relations for interior designers, while also freelancing as a marketing copywriter.

After graduating Loyola Marymount University in 2013 with a degree in psychology, she lived and worked in Germany for a year where she had time to write and explore.

She is an avid public radio listener and is especially excited to be a member of the AirTalk team.

Stories by Mary Knauf

The myth of the midlife crisis: What middle age looks like in real life

Graying adults driving red Corvettes were just a glimmer in Elliott Jaques’ eye when he first coined the term “midlife crisis” at a psychiatric conference in 1957.

Leaked resignation letter from Academy board member cites failures on multiple fronts

When ex-Academy board member Bill Mechanic finally decided to leave his post, it’s safe to say that his exit interview – if he had one – would have been less than flattering.

How a true crime novel became the star witness in the Golden State Killer case

Due to how far widespread the killer's alleged crimes were, determining where exactly to hold the suspect's trial is proving complicated.

Facebook’s data scandal has Google flying under the radar, but for how long?

When news of the Cambridge Analytica data breach broke in late March, Mark Zuckerberg might as well have been the Big Bad Wolf of online privacy concerns, but one month after the fact and Google’s teeth have begun to appear just as sharp.

Some people have no regrets in life, others aren’t so lucky: When a ‘good’ idea turns into a bad tattoo

Grammatical errors, misshapen objects, foreign symbols with dubious meanings – a lot can go wrong with even the most planned out tattoo, but on the bright side it makes for a good AirTalk story.

Power in numbers? Or confidential black hole? A new website that connects sexual assault victims in the workplace

Now that Callisto, an online startup aimed at combating sexual harassment and assault by connecting victims who share the same perpetrator, has seen success with their university partnerships, they’re looking to expand into the workplace.

A history of the rise of the black middle class in LA and nationwide, and what the future may hold

Financially, middle class African-Americans are better off than they have been in decades past.

The symbolism behind President Trump’s call for a grand military parade

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Trump’s dreams for a Bastille Day-inspired parade on U.S. soil are beginning to solidify.

Award season sparks tailor-made movie trailers and ad campaigns, but to what end?

Though artistic merit is a large factor in a film being nominated for an award, it would be remiss to disregard the large, roaring engines of marketing machines that back a movie from start to finish.

Cal Poly Pomona's student-run 'Rose Float Project' is getting an upgrade

Cal Poly Pomona's almost 70-year history of building award-winning floats...and its future $3.7 million Rose Float Lab and design complex.

What’s new with LA Metro? AirTalk checks in with its CEO, Phil Washington

Metro CEO Phil Washington returns for his recurring update with Larry Mantle.

Composer Michael Giacchino raises the dead with his original score for ‘Coco’

Though Pixar’s “Coco” takes viewers on a grand adventure through the afterlife, there’s plenty of heartbeat in the film, much of which comes from composer Michael Giacchino’s sincere, ranchera-driven score.

Move over Strunk and White: Buzzfeed copy chief’s new book teaches us how to write IRL

From 240 characters to listicles, copywriting has experienced a style overhaul this past decade and Buzzfeed copy chief Emmy J. Favilla has been a major driving force in the shift.

Spielberg-backed startup wants to bring VR to the movies

The summer movie season ended on Labor Day weekend, and ticket sales in the US fell to its lowest level in 25 years.