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I live in Buffalo, NY with my husband, Joe, and our two children. Joe and I met at WKBN studios in Youngstown, Ohio, where he was the Assistant Sports Director. We enjoyed working on the air together, but are enjoying have more time together at home with our children in Buffalo.
My first experience in Journalism was with CNN American Morning. Soledad O'Brien and Bill Hemmer were anchoring the show, and I was an Assistant Producer/Intern. Basically, I gave Soledad and Bill their scripts each day, and made phone calls to set up guest interviews for Special Segments. I was just finishing my degree in Broadcast Journalism at New York University, and it was very exciting to be a part of a cable network news show.
Traditionally, a recent journalism graduate with hopes of becoming an on-air reporter would send out hundreds of tapes and resumes. I put all of my eggs in one basket and moved to Nashville, TN, crossing my fingers that one of the four stations would hire me. My timing was good. Channel 2 had an opening for an Associate Producer, and I was hired. After a month of working there, the News Director offered me the Traffic Anchor/Videojournalist position, and I eagerly accepted.
For two years, I gave Middle Tennessee viewers their traffic updates on the morning show, and then enterprised stories for the evening shows. Then, I was given a new opportunity; to report live from the field, covering breaking and developing stories. Doing the traffic may not seem like a very glamorous job, but it prepared me well for going out into the field because there is no script. I worked hard to develop good sources in the Nashville Police Department, and surrounding areas, and established some very important relationships that helped me get the word out about unfolding stories in Music City. Nashville was an amazing place to live. I am a music appreciator, so of course I loved that aspect of the city. I also play the violin and sing, and play "fiddle" with several bands during my free time.
A lot changed during my 5 years at Channel 2. More and more stations started using"Videojournalists", also known as one-man-band or Multimedia Journalists. Now, anyone who hopes to get into Television News can plan on shooting, writing, and editing their own stories for at least part of their career. Journalists are also using social media like never before. Some people get more of their news from Facebook and Twitter, than from actual news websites. It has been interesting to see all of the changes, and to keep up with them!
In the summer of 2010, I accepted a job with WKBN in Youngstown, anchoring the 5, 6 and 11 pm newscasts. I spent most of my time in the studio there, but got out into the community as much as possible through volunteering and various fundraisers and events. I also put together a number of special reports. One of my favorite experiences there was with Easy Street Productions, as I played the role of "Grace Farrell" in the Broadway Musical Annie. I have always loved music, and had not been a part of a production like that since High School, so it was truly enjoyable. Of course, the very best part of my time in Youngstown was welcoming my daughter Kathleen into the world.
I joined the News 4 WakeUp! crew at WIVB in Buffalo in September 2013. We do four hours of Live news every weekday. If you've never been to Buffalo, you don't know how good the food is here! It's one of my favorite parts of the city. This is also where we welcomed our son into the world, and we are enjoying watching both of our children grow here in Western New York.