Katherine Hernandez is the Senior Managing Editor of The Hudsucker. As one of the very first to know about the online magazine, Katherine continues to provide support to the EIC and is the online magazine’s primary supervisor. She confers with Tania on collaborations, recruitment, and editing, while managing staff and individual contributors. As a Journalism major with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies & Ethnicity, Katherine’s got a vast knowledge on the world around her and pop culture, and taking part in any editing or editorial research involved with a writer’s article. She helps determine what should be published on the site and is able to keep tabs on all content while coordinating the various sources to make sure The Hudsucker finds the right tone, and covering every field in order to find its fingerprint.
The proud USC Trojan hosted a weekly sports radio show and did color commentary for both football and women‘s volleyball games for the student station while at the university. The Washington state native is an avid writer whose dream one day is to have a short story published in The New Yorker, but in the meantime is working full time at her local library where she is a crusader for free speech and access to information. Katherine loves movies, long drives, listening to oldies, reading everything from comics to Russian novels, and exploring fresh new paths to geekdom with friends.
Name: Katherine Hernandez
Favorite word in the English language: Boourns. (Yes it’s a real word. I was not saying boo, I was saying boourns.)
Least favorite word in the English language: lunch bag (technically two words, but I make a face every time I say it.)
Biggest strength: my intelligence
Biggest weakness: procrastination
Biggest pet peeve: people who don’t drive effectively
Favorite Food: salmon chowder
Favorite Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
Favorite TV Show: Arrested Development
Favorite Musician/Band: The Offspring
Favorite item of clothing that you just can’t live without: my Captain America t-shirt
Favorite sport: baseball
Favorite team: Seattle Mariners
Favorite travel destination: Cannon Beach, Oregon or Disneyland
Favorite fast food joint: In N Out, specifically their animal fries
Favorite season: Summer
Funniest thing that ever happened to you: I flew across the country to visit some friends but my luggage didn’t make it on my plane and wouldn’t be there for another day. We all went out to dinner that night and the bottom fell out of my margarita glass (HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?) and spilled all over me. It sounds horrible, but it was actually pretty funny.
Within reason, what are your craziest goals and dreams? I’d love to become a famous published author and I’d also like to be the lead singer in a cover band.
Most outrageous thing you’ve ever done: Made a silent movie version of Hamlet with my friends in high school set to the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack. Oh and I dyed my hair blonde in college!
If you had to sing one song at a karaoke bar, which one would you choose? “Mr. Roboto” by Styx is currently at the top but I have a long list.
What movie title best describes your life? Sleepless in Seattle
What is one of your most life-changing moments? Getting accepted to the University of Southern California. It felt like all the hard work I had put in my entire school life had paid off, plus I met so many wonderful people and had so many great experiences. I would not be the person I am today if I hadn’t gone to USC.
Describe yourself in a single sentence: All you need to know about me is that I saw Avengers at least eight times in the theater.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power? Either being able to stop time or being able to move objects with my mind. Or, since Wasp is my favorite superhero, I’d love to have her powers of flight and being able to zap people.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which one book, movie and person would you want to take along? I’d bring The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, The Royal Tenenbaums, and my best friend Sarah because she makes me laugh and we can always find things to talk about.
If a genie granted you 3 wishes, what would they be? I’d wish to have enough money so that I could pay off my student loans and be able to comfortably support myself, my family and my friends; good health for myself, family and friends; and a beach front home in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Last Song Played on your CD player/iTunes/iPod, etc: “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac
What made you want to write for The Hudsucker? Tania (Founder of The Hudsucker) is a good friend of mine, and hearing her enthusiasm about the project made me want to get involved. Being able to be part of such a talent and interesting group of writers was a plus too. Also I love writing and knew this would be a great experience.
What is your favorite article on the site and why? I love all the group pieces, but I think the group Oscar piece might be my favorite, not because I edited it, but because I loved seeing everyone‘s different opinions on who should win. I love when people speak about things they’re invested in and passionate about, and that really came across for me in the answers to the questions in the article.
What is one of your own favorite articles on the site and why? My article on Dan Wilson being inducted into the Mariners Hall Of Fame is my favorite because, for one, I love sports journalism and being able to write about my favorite players. But mostly, I think I love that piece because he’s a player that rarely gets recognition for his accomplishments and hopefully I was able to give him exposure to a wider audience. I also loved my Simpsons Treehouse of Horror article because it was so much fun to write.
Where do you see The Hudsucker in 5 years? I see it continuing to produce quality articles and hopefully be a go-to blog for lots of people!
What do you think of your fellow peers here at The Hudsucker? I love the diversity of people, opinions, and viewpoints on our staff and I think everyone is so amazingly talented and interesting.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully I’ll be working as a librarian and will have either had a few short stories or a novel published. Ideally I’d like to be married and have two cats as well.
What words of advice would you give writers? Never give up and push through even when you want to stop. Determination will overcome writer’s block every time.
Who do you look up to? Robert Downey Jr., Paget Brewster, Hillary Clinton and my grandmother, among others.
What is one of your favorite life lessons? There’s always money in the banana stand.
“Keep a calendar this way you will always know.”
– Fall Out Boy “Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet”