Born and raised in New Jersey, Janina is the daughter of a scientist and a stay-at-home mom who was greatly interested in the arts. Because of that unique combination, she grew up surrounded by music and theater and by discussions of evolution and chemistry–a true liberal arts education! After earning a BA in English from Boston College and an MS in television broadcasting from Boston University, Janina built her career by freelancing for local newspapers and writing for local publications such as Gulfshore Life, Times of the Islands and Naples Health. In 2001, Janina was awarded as “Writer of the Year” by the Florida Magazine Association. As a field producer for WGCU Public Media, she has worked on shows as Arts Edition Prime Time, Connect! and MAKERS: The Women Who Make SW Florida.