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February 10, 2019

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The Westport Library Announces Launch of Persona Live Interview Series

Former ESPN, ABC News and NBC Sports journalist and Persona Media founder Rob Simmelkjaer will interview Connecticut business people, politicians, journalists, celebrities and more

First interview takes place on February 10, 2019, and will feature Nancy Wyman, Chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party

WESTPORT, Conn. – January 30, 2019 – The Westport Library is pleased to announce that, beginning February 10, 2019, it will host a recurring interview series in partnership with Persona Media (“Persona”), a Westport-based social media startup platform founded by former ESPN, ABC News and NBC Sports executive and journalist Rob Simmelkjaer. Interviews will take place on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the forum of The Westport Library and will also be available on demand via the Persona mobile app. The interview series is open to the public and admission is free.

The Persona Live interview series will feature Connecticut business people, politicians, journalists, celebrities, athletes and more opening up about their careers, the steps they’ve taken to achieve success, the challenges they’ve overcome along the way, and the state of their respective industries. The inaugural interview will be with Nancy Wyman, Chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party and former Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut. The interview will focus on Ms. Wyman’s political career and the state of the Democratic Party both nationally and in Connecticut heading into the 2020 election season.

“Working with Rob to bring the Persona Live interview series to the Library is right in sync with our mission to support and build community,” said Bill Harmer, Executive Director of The Westport Library. “In fact, the transformed Library was designed with just these types of dynamic, experiential events in mind. In partnership with Rob’s exciting model, we are thrilled to be able to showcase what the Library can do to foster meaningful connection and learning through these important conversations.”

Persona, founded in 2019 and currently in beta, is the first user-generated social media platform focused exclusively on conversations and interviews. The app is a one-stop shop for users to record, share, and preserve their most meaningful, informative and entertaining conversations in perpetuity. Unlike other social networking platforms, Persona will provide a suite of tools for interview creation that will allow its users to conduct high-quality interviews cheaply and efficiently, whether in-person or remotely and whether for public or private consumption.

“In my media and journalism career, I learned that everyone has a story to tell. All it takes is a few good questions to bring those stories out.” said Rob Simmelkjaer. “I created Persona to give users the tools to create and discover great conversations. I’m thrilled to have the amazing stage at the Westport Library to interview of a just few of the fascinating people we have here in Connecticut.”

To keep up with Persona’s weekly interview schedule, follow @PersonaInterviews on Facebook or @PersonaTalks on Twitter. Weekly interviews can also be viewed by following the Westport Library on the Persona beta app, which can be downloaded at www.personatalks.com.

About Persona Media
Persona Media is the first user generated social media platform focused exclusively on interviews. Founded by former ESPN, ABC News and NBS Sports executive and journalist Rob Simmelkjaer, Persona is a one-stop shop for users to record, share, and store their most meaningful, informative and entertaining conversations. The app is currently in beta. For more information or to download the beta, visit www.personatalks.com.

Contact
For The Westport Library
Rachel Pegnataro
rpegnataro@westportlibrary.org

For Persona Media
Matthew Chudoba
matthew.chudoba@icrinc.com