Ali on the Run Show Episode 29: Meredith Kennedy, Marketing Operations Manager at BuzzFeed

The Ali on the Run Show

Episode 29

Guest: Meredith Kennedy

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Meredith Kennedy is the Marketing Operations Manager at BuzzFeed, and is the brand’s former Editorial Chief of Staff. Before that, she made the rounds in the television industry: She was a Booking Producer at the Today Show, was Katie Couric’s assistant, and has worked for all the major TV networks, including NBC, ABC, and CBS. She’s a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and offers up some great advice in this episode for people who want to get into media, publishing, and the ever-changing digital space. She’s also a speedy runner! Meredith is a 3:18 marathoner who runs for the Central Park Track Club in New York City.

On this episode, Meredith shares what it was like working with Katie Couric, and how she survived those super early mornings—while marathon training!—during her time at Today. She discusses the news stories that most impacted her career in television, and explains what it’s like to be the person who has to call family members after tragic situations and ask them if they’ll come on the show. (“It’s pretty much the worst phone call you have to make,” she says.) Plus, Meredith talks about how what it’s like working at BuzzFeed (and what to do if you want to get hired there), shares her take on “don’t read the comments,” and talks about her favorite recent BuzzFeed quiz.

Stuff We Mention on the Show:

Hamilton College

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Broadway Bodies

Today Show

CBS Evening News

The time I was on the Today Show with Celine Dion

Today’s Puppy With a Purpose program


Rockefeller State Park

New York Road Runners

Central Park Track Club

Airbnb Brooklyn Half

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Boilermaker 15K

Kara Goucher

Meb Keflezighi

“Do You Actually Know the Right Way to Eat Sushi?” quiz

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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