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We Turned Ourselves Into Our Favorite Emojis [Now You Do Yours]

(Images by LAist Staff/Emojis designed by OpenMoji)
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Here at the LAist + KPCC newsroom we've been working very hard to bring you all the information you need to make it through this national emergency. We take our public service mission very, very seriously.

We take ourselves a lot less seriously.

Most of us are working from home, per orders to practice social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. Although we're remote, we're all staying connected via Slack, Zoom, the good old telephone and telepathy (JK on that last one).

So last week, we got this unusual challenge in our #fun Slack channel:

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"Slack emoji re-enactments tomorrow!"

Quick background: Halloween is a day of fierce costume competition for us. We even have prizes for best holiday decorations in December. So, in a room of public radio nerds + LAist veterans, you know we brought it.

[Note: We'd love to see your own re-enactments. Hit us up on Twitter with your best human emoji effort and an @LAist tag.]

So, even though all reasonable people voted and agreed April Fool's Day was canceled this year, that doesn't mean we can't still bring a smile (aka :joy:) to the masses.

Here we go...


Natalie Chudnovsky

Job: AirTalk producer

Emoji = :shipitparrotparty:

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"What's better than parrot party? Parrot party, at sea."

Sharon McNary

Job: Infrastructure Reporter

Emoji = :nope:


"I'm saying no to all kinds of things right now."

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Fiona Ng

Job: AirTalk's Senior Producer

Emoji = :#$!@:


"If you know me, you'll know why"

Chava Sanchez

Job: KPCC + LAist visual journalist

Emoji = :mask:


"I've been going out into the field most days and basically live with a face mask glued to my face."

Ryan Fonseca

Job: LAist producer

Emoji = :male-technologist:


"This is where I live now."


Emily Dugdale

Job: Military/Veterans and Criminal Justice reporter

Emoji = :dancerpickle:


"A dance a day keeps the virus away. (JK, I am not a medical professional)."

Myka Kielbon

Job: KPCC traffic associate

Emoji = :bangbang:


"Double the exclamation, double the fun!!"

Lita Martinez

Job: KPCC Producer

Emoji = :parrotparty:


"'s a reflection of my inner self"

Suzanne Levy

Job: Editor

Emoji = :eyes:


"It was fun."


Kristen Muller

Job: Chief Content Officer

Emoji = :fire:


"It felt like a hot take."

Mariana Dale

Job: Early Childhood Education reporter

Emoji = :shrug:


"I feel like the shrug has a lot of range- indifference, defeat, nonchalance. But right now I would characterize the shrug more as a feeling of hrrrgggeeegghhh, what is happening?!"

Jenn Baughman

Job: KPCC Traffic Manager

Emoji = :champagne:


"I love champagne."

Delaine Ureño

Job: Institutional Giving Officer

Emoji = :eyeroll:


"This is my go-to and most used emoji."

Brian Frank

Job: LAist associate editor

Emoji = :nerd_face:


"Because I wear glasses and I'm bald."

Malinda Castaneda

Job: Development Operations

Emoji = :monicle:


"I use it a lot when talking about our database work, lots of interesting things come up..."

Andy Orozco

Job: Marketing Manager

Emoji = :upside_down_face"


"It's a go-to when things don't seem to be going the way you thought or you just want an alternative for ironic situations. "

Crystal Harjadi

Job: Senior Financial Analyst

Emoji = :think:


"Hmm...Good Question."

Rebecca Stumme

Job: Events Manager

Emoji = :massage:


"Because we could all use a head massage right now."

Katherine Gfeller

Job: Senior Major Gifts Officer

Emoji = :radio:


"I love KPCC."

Lisa Brenner

Job: LAist Associate Editor

Emoji = :facepalm:


"If the facepalm is good enough for Jean-Luc Picard, it's good enough for me. I appreciate its minimalist approach to expressing every variety of exasperation. If Gen-X was an emoji it would be a facepalm sandwich filled with shrugs and eye rolls. And that combination covers a lot of ground."

Megan Garvey

Job: Executive Editor

Emoji = :this:


"Because I love everything about THIS."

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