Renée Kassan


Digital Magazine Production Specialist

Renée has always been a “book person.” It’s how she was raised, and as a self-proclaimed shy child, it was the perfect substitute for being with others. “I became a volunteer shelver at my local library, secretary of the high school Library Club, an English major at Clark University in Worcester, and finally a Certified Public Librarian, with an MLS from Columbia.”

In addition to book repair, Renée learned two other valuable skills: indexing and computer programming.   “After cataloging for the NY Public Library, I freelanced for publishers – proofreading, editing, and indexing.  Back in the workforce, I created a documentation library on an IBM project. When the head writer quit, they tapped me for training in IBM Application Development, where I learned to write and markup documents on a mainframe. Then they invented PCs and word processing and my tech writing career took off. It’s been books on computers ever since.”

Far from the shy girl she once was, Renée is active in many activities outside of Insight.  “Personally, I have a jewel of a husband, 3 blogs, several volunteer shifts at the local library, tap-dancing, and a Proust reading group via Skype.

“I love reading aloud and when we moved to Ft. Lauderdale, more than 30 years ago, I heard about Insight. Prudy Hunting signed me up for double sessions, twice a week, at the reel-to-reel tape deck. Through the years, I’ve helped in different ways – as narrator, monitor, reviewer, as well as writer, wordlister, and techie. Now focusing on digital magazine post-production, I hear almost everyone and strive to help you sound your best.”