The conversation that solidified my choice for a career path was with a local anchor in Knoxville. She and I were talking about a woman who was tortured during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. The woman’s story concerned me and I pleaded to the anchor about how I could help. She told me the way for me to help was to tell her story.
That’s how I knew I wanted to tell people’s stories. I’m in Eastern Kentucky to tell your stories, but I want you to know mine also, so here is my story in a nutshell.
I grew up as a competitive swimmer in the Sunshine State, but I left Florida when I was recruited to swim for the Lady Volunteers at the University of Tennessee. I packed my bags and headed to college on Rocky Top. After four years of college and four years on the swim team, I left Knoxville with an SEC champion ring, seven All-American certificates and a Communication Studies degree.
After graduation I worked as a sideline reporter for a football combine company, but I knew I wanted to go to graduate school. It was easy to choose a school I already knew well, so I went back to Knoxville to study Journalism and Electronic Media at UT.
In between full-time classes, full-time work and a part-time internship at a Knoxville ABC affiliate, I worked as a segment host on a sports talk show called Enrichment Sports Source. I also focused my academic efforts on two major projects. One was a video series highlighting the progress of redeveloping downtown Knoxville. The other was a paper that was later published on the role of social media in the Arab Spring.
During my second year in grad school, NBC’s TODAY Show hosted their fourth hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda on UT’s campus. They filmed segments all over campus, including a live quiz show, “Are you smarter than a college student?” for which I was the moderator.
I am extremely blessed and grateful to be a part of the WYMT family. If you have a story you would like to have covered, or just want to say hi, please feel free to drop me a note! Thanks for watching WYMT!