Arizona Storytellers: Millie Hollandbeck

By KJZZ News
Published: Monday, February 4, 2019 - 7:45pm
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 10:46am

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KJZZ partners with The Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers series. We record the live events and share them with you on the radio. In Phoenix, the storytellers share stories about our community or the life events that have shaped them. Megan Finnerty is the creator of the series.

Millie Hollandbeck
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Millie Hollandbeck at the Our Family, Our Culture event on August 21, 2018.

Millie Hollandbeck grew up in a small town in Ohio. Her parents are deaf but she can hear. Millie can remember interpreting for her parents from a young age while she was at the doctor's office, the post office, and grocery store.

As a teenager, Millie remembers being annoyed every time her parents asked her to interpret what was said on screen because closed captioning wasn't around. Millie's parents thought she had super powers because she could hear things and they could not.

Millie Hollandbeck is freelance medical and scientific communications writer.

The next storytelling event is Feb. 13, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit  

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