Five Questions With Web Designer Erika Kachama-Nkoy
Erika Kachama-Nkoy is a web developer and designer at Wisconsin Public Television. She was born in Kinshasa, Zaïre and immigrated to Maine just in time for American kindergarten. After a 14 years of school and work in Chicago, she finally found a permanent home in Madison, Wisconsin where she lives with her husband and son.
1. Name your favorite Wisconsin Life story and why?
Benjamin Percy’s story about how he came to love Wisconsin
is particularly close to my heart. Like Benjamin, I married a native Wisconsinite who confidently waged a quiet, brilliant campaign to relocate us to Wisconsin once I completed college in Chicago. Visits to in-laws in Minocqua, Madison, and Oconomowoc made moving here inevitable. I love everything about the story’s production, from Benjamin’s deadpan, sonorous voice to the sound design (Benjamin’s wife!) and the charming animation. High five!
2. What is the most fun you have had yet working on Wisconsin Life?
I helped design the current website. This year, I’ll be working with the Wisconsin Life team to make it even easier to discover and explore all the great stories on wisconsinlife.org.
3. What do you love about Wisconsin?
Geologically speaking, Wisconsin is astonishingly diverse. Whether we’re kayaking around the Apostle Islands, hunting in Green County, visiting family in the Driftless Area, or exploring museums in Milwaukee—my family deeply appreciates living close to nature with the benefits of city life.
4. You’re having a dream dinner party. What three people, dead or alive – real or fictional, would you invite?
My guests are funny, brilliant, and exceptionally good at communicating their passions: astrophysicist Neil deGrassse Tyson, author Mary Roach, and artist Chuck Close.
5. When not working on Wisconsin Life what are your hobbies?
Gardening and movies are two long-loved passions.