Six years after moving to New York, Kate Manecke returns to her native Central Ohio and takes on hosting duties for WOSU.
WOSU TV program hostand special events marketing manager Kate Manecke moved to New York City six months after graduating from college at DePauw University. "I didn't have a job, but I had an apartment in Brooklyn lined up and a best friend from college to share it with," she recalls. Quickly, she became a page at NBC and eventually worked forThe Martha Stewart Show,The Dr. Oz Show, TLC, and The Cooking Channel before taking a job as a publicist.
Six years later, she moved back to Columbus. She took a job with WOSU and recently was hired to also host the weekly television programBroad & High. "I wear a lot of hats since my hosting duties are on top of my job in marketing and events, but I absolutely love it," she says.
Why did you decide to move back to Columbus?
Living in New York had always been a dream of mine, but after six years, I found myself craving a different lifestyle. I knew I needed a change and Columbus seemed to be calling my name. My parents still live nearby in Granville and I found Columbus incredibly appealing for its mix of vibrant culture and Midwest charm.
What invigorates you about the city?
I would have to say the creativity of the people in Columbus. Everywhere you look there are people making art, producing films, brewing coffee (and beer!), handcrafting jewelry-it's amazing. It makes me want to explore my own creative side so I can be a part of the community of makers and doers here in Columbus.
You first lived in the Short North when you returned. Was living there similar to being in Brooklyn?
It really was. And that was one of the big reasons. I knew I wanted to live in a neighborhood where you could walk anywhere and the Short North really has that. You can spend a whole weekend exploring that neighborhood and never need a car. The Short North also has a lot of character and some of that funky charisma that I loved about Park Slope, my neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Now that you're suburban in Dublin with a fiancé in tow, how's that experience?
I have to say, life is pretty good, even though I'm not surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the Short North anymore. Now we go for runs at Antrim Park and pop over to the Worthington Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.
Where do you shop?
I'd like to say you'll find me at a chic boutique, but I most often end up finding great stuff at Target, Loft, or Nordstrom Rack. My latest obsession is Rocksbox, an online jewelry rental service-kind of like the Netflix of jewelry. It's my secret to always wearing a different, fun necklace when I hostBroad & High.
Favorite local eaterie?
The tacos and margs at Condado are insane and Basi Italia is one of my favorites for special occasions, but if we want to stick closer to home, we grab a burger and a beer at the Crafty Pint on Dublin-Granville Road. I'm also a sucker for the old-fashioned charm of the Chef-O-Nette in Upper Arlington.
Favorite party drink?
I'm a total champagne girl!
What Kate's wearing:
The Bow Shift Top ($68), Minka Rabbit Fur Cape ($250), Jerome Dreyfuss Bonnie Boot ($590), Ashley Pittman Tatu Bracelet ($495), and Ashley Pittman Shimo Earrings ($395). All available fromThread. Hair and make-up by Charles Penzone Grand Salons.