Born and raised in San Francisco, Ryan Kellett is engagement producer at The Washington Post in Washington D.C. He comes to the nation’s capital after graduating from and working for Middlebury College in Vermont (coursework). He majored in International Politics and Economics with a minor in Environmental Studies. He has also studied Mandarin Chinese at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools and abroad in China during his four years.
In the summer of 2009, Ryan interned with National Public Radio (NPR) as the first-ever Social Media intern, finally putting his passion for blogging, facebooking, and tweeting to good use. At Middlebury, Ryan was the only student even remotely interested in the Web Makeover project to redesign the Middlebury.edu institutional website. Ryan got a gig as student advisor for Web Makeover by founding MiddBlog, an alternative news and community site for Middlebury College, in the Fall of 2007. He still advises a team of students who continue use MiddBlog as a online community hub. He helps run the Washington Post’s main Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Before enrolling in Middlebury, Ryan spent a semester producing and directing the first Broadway musical in the city of Shantou at Shantou University in China. He returned to China in summer 2006 to tour the show to Guangzhou, China. After returning again to China to study abroad, Ryan spent the summer of 2008 in Beijing working with Splitworks and KTSF 26. He currently is looking for ways to keep his Chinese up-to-speed, because he’s told to “use it or lose it.”
Ryan sings with an acappella group in Washington and also has sung with the Thomas Circle singers. As an alumnus of the San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC), Ryan is trained in music theory and vocal production. Ryan has been on five international tours with the SFBC, can be heard on several of the chorus’ CDs, and has appeared in eight productions with the San Francisco Opera. At Middlebury, Ryan sang with Stuck in the Middle and the Mountain Ayres, producing three studio albums with those groups. His taste is music is broad so invite him to a concert and he’ll be ever thankful.
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(Photo above: Georgia Rhodes/NPR)