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Editor, Upskill U & Senior Editor at Light Reading
Beats: SD-WAN, IoT, big data analytics, SDN, NFV, smart grid public cloud
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser is editor and host of Light Reading's Upskill U website, and covers SD-WAN, IoT, big data analytics, virtualization, smart grid and public cloud for Light Reading.
Kelsey studied journalism and mass communication with a second major of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications. Her drive for communicating the impact of new technology translated into a communications position at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. While at FREEDM, Kelsey orchestrated the center's webinar program which crossed multiple college campuses and covered research projects like cybersecurity in the smart grid and the center's smart solid-state transformer.
Outside the office, Kelsey can be found riding her ancient second-hand road bike through downtown, lagging behind the peloton of hipsters on fixie bikes. As a typical North Carolinian, Kelsey also stays busy waging an ongoing, fruitless battle with squirrels in the attic and snakes in the compost pile while shouting her go-to catch phrase, "Nature! Get it off!" Kelsey actually quite enjoys the outdoors as well as black coffee, any movie about space, crafting and hoarding houseplants.