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Vicki Louk Balint in studio - Photo credit Dan Friedman

Each Monday, we are posting a blog to help our readers get to know the media just a little bit better.

With a TWIST!

No, we aren’t posting story pitch tips or media lists, but instead great stories from the media themselves about their lives, their work and other little known facts! Think of it as your first “networking” opportunity of the week!

Today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from Vicki Louk Balint, multimedia journalist for Raising Arizona Kids.

So, Vicki, time to share!

What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?

I’m fascinated by a good story. I majored in English in college because I love reading a story; I became a journalist because I love telling a story. Right now I’m working on editing the podcast interview we did with Phoenix Mercury GM Ann Meyers Drysdale and two of her children.

I have a terrific husband, four fab kids, and three snoring dogs. My oldest daughter is in med school, I’m always flattered when people say she looks like me. My oldest son is in China, I miss him so much I can hardly stand it. My younger son will be the Boston College mascot, “Baldwin,” this fall. I love shopping for shoes with my youngest daughter at Barney’s. She made me buy the Louboutins.

My favorite dessert is the chocolate crème brulee at Petite Maison in Scottsdale. The best iced tea is at La Grande Orange. The edamame ravioli at True Food is to die for. If you like sangria, you’ve got to go to Havana Café. Pizzeria Bianco is overrated. Why has it been so long since I’ve been to Coup des Tartes?

I love working with the staff at Raising Arizona Kids because they are hilarious. Mala Blomquist really does take her Chihuahua, Bonnie, everywhere. Dan Friedman and I have an ongoing contest on who receives the most ridiculous press releases. Thank goodness Michelle Adams and Debbie Davis are there to be the voice of reason. I miss Katie Charland. I don’t think Mary Ann Lieb is afraid of anything. And Karen Barr is not really my sister, although sometimes people think she is.

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  1. Vicki — thanks for being a part of Media Monday.

  2. Dan Friedman says:

    “She made me buy the Louboutins.” Hmmm, I’ll have to confirm the accuracy of this statement. And it must be mentioned you have the best radio voice.

  3. Mala Blomquist says:

    Vicki is an awesome videographer and an absolute pleasure to work with!

  4. Mary Holden says:

    It’s about time you sat for an interview after all the ones you’ve done, Vicki.
    When are you going to publish the work you’ve done on women in radio? There was a lot of good information you came up with regarding that line of American history.

    Is Media Monday a regular event? Great idea!

  5. mary says:

    Havana cafe has more than the sangria, however if you start with the sangria you may never move on to the rest. Your family is great! thanks for the post!

  6. Karen Barr says:

    As someone who has watched Vicki conduct interviews — and been interviewed by her myself — I can attest to the fact that no one is better at making her subjects comfortable, eliciting compelling stories through carefully crafted questions and weaving the resulting comments together in a way that gently pulls readers and listeners along, giving them a real sense of connection.

    At Raising Arizona Kids, Vicki has been a true visionary. She is the one who nudged me to embrace multimedia journalism; thanks to her foresight, we began running podcasts and video stories long before I would have recognized the importance of doing so.

    I love it when people think we’re sisters. I never had a sister, so I treasure the close friendship we’ve developed through more than two decades of raising children and building a business.

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