Not because I am one, mind you.
But my family is originally from South Bend, Indiana (yes, home to Notre Dame). Being merely 90 minutes from Chicago and a whole four hours from Indianapolis, Chicago always seemed more like “our big city” even though it was technically in a different state.
She was nice enough to give us some time to share a little more about herself as this week’s #MediaMonday profile. She joins some of our other favorites from 3TV in partnering with us on these fun stories including Nicole Moon and Carey Peña.
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But, I digress.
So, Marie, what do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
I’m only in my fifth month of living and working in Arizona, but I already feel it was a great move!
I grew up in the Chicago area, and have my family to thank for my interest in journalism. The Chicago Tribune was on the breakfast table every morning, and when I got home from school, the news was on from 4pm until dinner. It was always a part of my day. For a talkative, curious, visual person who enjoyed writing and getting out and meeting people, broadcast journalism seemed to fit like a glove!
I chose the Missouri School of Journalism for college, and can’t thank the program enough. It owns the local NBC affiliate in Columbia, and by my senior year I was an on-air reporter/anchor – learning through trial by fire. Those poor viewers…but boy, did we learn.
It’s where I realized my love of the rush that comes with breaking news, and the satisfaction from bringing attention to an issue (or unfair situation) that needs it!
When I graduated, I stayed in Missouri for a job at KYTV, the NBC affiliate in Springfield, and worked as an anchor and reporter there for almost five years. Some of the biggest stories were weather-related, including the Joplin tornado, which hit just an hour west of Springfield. Reporting from there, standing on shredded homes, was like being on a different planet. I’ll never forget it.
I had never been to Arizona, and when I heard about the job at 3TV, the adventure and the chance to tell many different stories about things I had never experienced drew me in. So far, the 3TV team, the work and the community have been as great and as (positively) challenging as I had hoped for!
In 2012, I look forward to making more connections, volunteering with a special needs organization (I have a brother with Down Syndrome) and exploring Arizona!
Thanks for having me!