It’s that time of the week again! Every Monday, HMA introduces you to a member of the media – the new and the seasoned – that keep our local and national news gears turning. Today, that person is Ashley Goelitz, Saturday morning producer for Fox 10.
So, take it away, Ashley!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
I was born and raised in Phoenix. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I love the desert and the heat. Anything below 75 degrees is freezing.
Back in elementary school I knew I wanted to write for a living. I remember my 2nd grade teacher telling me that writing is what I should pursue. In high school I decided to major in broadcast journalism and become a reporter.
I graduated from the Walter Cronkite School at ASU in 2009 and immediately started sending out resume tapes to small towns across the country. I'm pretty sure I sent out around 100 tapes. But I only heard back from a few places, and I just couldn't see myself leaving Phoenix and moving away from everything I know. So I started looking locally.
I was lucky enough to get an associate producer position at ABC 15, the station I interned with just a year before. It was the graveyard shift, 1a.m. – 9 a.m., but I loved it. The job made me realize that producing and not reporting was my calling.
After two years and bags under my eyes, I decided to try a couple other jobs with more normal schedule, but they didn't make me happy. So I went back into news.
I'm now the Saturday morning producer for Fox 10 and I love it. The stress and early morning wake-up calls are all worth it to do something I love.
When I'm not working, napping or drinking coffee, I'm usually out at a movie, playing board games or just hanging out with at home with my boyfriend and our two dogs.
It took me leaving the news business to figure out that it's where I really belong. I'm grateful to have such a fun and amazing job and look forward to spending years keeping people informed.