G-CHECK #5

terri hines

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS AT FOX SPORTS

The G-Check series are our lighthearted conversations with friends from the industry. Original thinkers who share their passions and views with us. Up next, the most eloquent, the very elegant, and with an energy that is infinite: it is Terri Hines.

I’m Terri Hines, originally from Washington DC, but I currently reside in Los Angeles, California. My background is in marketing and communications, but I currently serve as the chief spokesperson for FOX Sports responsible for leading all public relations, brand communications, entertainment and social responsibility strategy for the #1 brand in live sports entertainment in the U.S. I’m passionate about all things culture and the arts, but my heart is in writing and producing, and traveling any chance I get.”

Who inspires you right now and why?
Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris. We are in a defining time in our country where the walls and ceilings of inequality are crumbling. Simply put, it’s incredible to see strong, fearless women who look like you and who are not afraid, be the voice for the voiceless. It’s inspiring to see them stand and lead with dignity and grace, yet be willing to press the buttons of power to bring about change. And to know that they, too, will inspire young girls around the globe to be fearless, to use their voices and to become anything they wish to be. 

What new skill would you like to pick up?
I’d like to pick up an old skill. I started playing the piano at the age of 7 and became a classically trained pianist. Turned down the opportunity to attend a performing arts high school. College aspirations took me down a different path and I stopped playing. Music has always been a big part of my family as my father has sung in a gospel quartet for over 50 years and the piano was a staple in our home and my grandparents’ home growing up. The piano remains my favorite instrument of all time. I miss playing and would love to start again.

What should we watch?
In quarantine, I’ve become obsessed with Netflix programming. For a hell of a laugh watch Schitt’s Creek, hysterically funny. Important documentaries not to miss: Becoming, 13th and Quincy. 

What should we listen to?

There’s no short answer here. I have an eclectic mix of musical tastes. I like everything from jazz to hip hop to gospel to R&B to house to salsa and more. That said, I have a deep appreciation for powerful voices, so right now I’d listen to Beyonce’s album The Lion King:The Gift [Deluxe Edition] which dropped recently. Other powerful female artists on my playlist include Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Emeli Sande, Leela James, Tamia and Corinne Bailey Rae. Also, anything by Anderson Paak and Allen Stone. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Favorite off-screen activity.

Sleep.

What is your favorite spot in the world and why?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled the world and have spent time in some of the most amazing cities on 5 of 7 continents. That said, the British Caribbean island of Anguilla, I call my “happy place”. It’s beaches are some of the best in the world. It’s simplicity is infectious. And the warmth of the beautiful people there make me feel like I’m family. I’ve traveled there year after year, usually for my annual birthday vacation, and it’s like I’m traveling home to my family reunion. I love it there. 

Tell us about your favorite local food spot.
Hands down it’s Sushi Katsu-Ya in Studio City, California. If you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine and Master Chef Katsuya Uechi and his more than 25 Japanese inspired restaurants throughout California, you know. But Sushi Katsu-Ya is the original. This small, not so fancy restaurant in the Valley, has just the best food. If you know, you know. If you’re a foodie, you can thank me later.

Best 2020 moment so far.

Watching the world respond and unite in solidarity over the Black Lives Matter movement. I remember distinctly turning on the TV and slowly sitting down with my mouth agape watching news clip after news clip showing all of the major cities throughout the world protesting in solidarity. Outside of what was happening in the U.S., the image in Paris for some reason moved me to tears. It was powerful and overwhelming, but was a moment that gave me hope of the goodness in mankind.

Anything else you feel like sharing with us?

I can’t wait to truly start traveling again. I just returned from a mini-vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Beautiful place. But right now there aren’t too many destinations we can travel to. Last year, I spent nearly a month in France and the year before in Moscow with many places in between. I’m dying to get back to Venice and tour other parts of Italy; visit Santorini, Greece; take a trip to the Maldives and spend time on a Spanish island that has my heart, Mallorca Spain. 

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