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 involved in a variety of activities outside of Insight.  “Personally, I have a jewel of a husband, 2 Nooks, 3 fantasy baseball teams, 4 blogs, and a part-time job at Barnes & Noble, where I lead 2 book groups.  Other passions are dance, Proust, and a bevy of far-flung nieces and nephews.”

Renée’s involvement with Insight dates back 25 years. “I loved reading aloud, and began looking for options in NYC, but studios hired voice-over actors only – no volunteers need apply. We moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1987 and I heard about Insight.  Prudy (Hunting) signed me up for double sessions, twice a week, and I got the reel-to-reel tape deck lesson soon after. Through the years, I’ve helped at Insight in different ways – as narrator, monitor, and reviewer, as well as writer and techie. Now focusing on digital post-production for magazines, I hear almost everyone and strive to help you sound your best.”