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Kristina Dorsey of East Lyme, The Day’s features editor, has always shunned the spotlight, preferring to enjoy artistic performances as part of the audience or backstage rather than be in the middle of it all.
It’s a part that suits her well, given her role of writing about and editing stories revolving around the local arts scene. It’s a scene she has covered for about two decades of her three-decade career at The Day.
“I love watching them,” she said. “I love the artistry. It’s just incredible.”
A former piano player and ballet dancer, Kristina loves interviewing interesting people who are excited to bring their new creations to life. Along the way, she has met some of the leading performers of our time, including actress and singer Julie Andrews, twice, at Goodspeed Opera House.
“She was just what you would hope she would be,” Kristina said.
Kristina grew up locally and graduated from East Lyme High School in 1982 and Brown University in 1986 with a degree in English. She later completed a master’s degree at Wesleyan University.
After brief stints in the publications department at the Mystic Seaport and as a reporter for the Home News in Montville, Kristina started at The Day as an obituary clerk. She then worked as a reporter covering several towns before becoming an arts writer and then arts editor.
“I love it,” she said. “I look forward to work every day.”
In her spare time, she is a competitive rower locally in the masters division, having participated previously in both high school and college.
Kristina’s favorite part of work is interviewing people, but she also spends time deciding on which stories to cover, editing the copy of two arts writers and overseeing content for the Night & Day section on Thursdays.
“You’re always looking for something different, something quirky, something newsworthy,” she said.
By Kristina Dorsey