Every organization has a CEO who gets most of the publicity, but if you want to meet the real “face” of any company, stop at the front desk. That’s where the institution actually lives.
Today, a small band of MPR News pals honored ours. She’s Charli Banks (the one everyone else is trying and failing to look shorter than in the above picture), who has staffed the front desk at Minnesota Public Radio for 30 years as of today.
She sees all the famous people who come through and, from what I can tell, excels at not asking for autographs, gawking, or pretending they’re any more special than all the little people who walk through the door who, from what I can tell, she views as pretty special.
Just like her.