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!
Fields has lived all over the world – from Saudi Arabia to Anchorage. Now he calls Phoenix home.
So, Fields, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
Time is melting away like my shoes in an Arizona parking lot. I can’t believe I have lived here almost a year.
Changing jobs and moving to a different state used to feel normal as my wife and I kept reaching for better positions and interesting locations. Now we have three kids and lots of stuff and as you can imagine, moving wasn’t so easy this time around. Still, if someone were to tell you at the beginning of the process that within four months you would sell a house, buy a house, find success in your new job and be together… you would never stress in the first place. You have to love hindsight!
Now we are taking on more big changes at 3TV. I came here to launch the new 10 p.m. with Carey Pena and we recently handed over the reins to the lovely Yetta Gibson. Carey and I co-anchor the hour-long 9 p.m. show. Yetta and I co-anchor the 6 p.m. show. All of us continue to produce 9 p.m. Extra reports along with Patti Kirkpatrick.
This is a job for which I have been preparing my entire career and I feel fortunate to have landed in a well respected newsroom such as 3TV. The past year has been exciting and challenging. I spent almost 11 years in Salt Lake City anchoring an early evening show and reporting for the 10 p.m. news. I was a weekend anchor and reporter in North Carolina before that. I also had stops in Charleston, S.C., and Midland, Texas, early in my career.
I enjoy being on a scene and touching a story, speaking to those involved. You might think the most interesting stories involve U.S. presidents and other big-name politicians. Often those are the most predictable. One of the most fluid stories I’ve ever been at was the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster in 2007. Six people were buried in the collapse. A massive rescue effort was underway while the politics of the mine owner and federal bureaucrats played outside. Those six people were never recovered and three rescuers lost their lives over the weeks. I’ve met people facing extreme tragedy and those crying tears of joy. Capturing those moments of reality and delivering them on TV is what I love to do.