Few social workers make the national media. Few media types speak from a social work perspective. That puts Kathryn Zox into a class by herself.
As host of her eponymous show on Washington DC’s WMET and Voice America/World Talk Radio Network, Zox facilitates captivating discussions with particular attention to women's issues. Interviewees have ranged from former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler (The End of Overeating) to a survivor of USAir Flight 1549 (Miracle on the Hudson).
Human services and talk radio took parallel tracks through Zox’s life. After earning her master’s in counseling psychology and working as a social worker in the New Jersey hospital system, Zox, at the suggestion of an acting colleague, began reading for the print disabled on Capital Region public station WMHT. It wasn’t long before she launched her first talk show on WSDE in rural Cobleskill, New York.
To earn her MSW, Zox chose the UAlbany-SUNY School of Social Welfare for its size, quality of education, community engagement, and diversity. The viewpoint and experience gained there has proven invaluable to The Kathryn Zox Show.
“With my social work background, I add a different dimension to the discussion,” she explains. “If we do a show on breast cancer, for instance, and I invite doctors in for an interview, they might focus on diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile, I can explore how the disease will affect a woman’s relationships, interactions with family, her sexuality.
“You start any discussion at the point where you come from. I'm a social worker and UAlbany gave me that.”