It’s a bird…
Today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from Troy Barrett, who has recently returned to Phoenix and is a helicopter-reporter/photographer for KNXV ABC15. Over the years Troy has worked in television news, primarily as a weather forecaster, anchor and reporter at stations in Oregon, Texas and Washington State.
So, Troy, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
First of all, if my pilot and I have ever hovered over your house and gotten you out of bed before your alarm went off...I’m sorry about that.
OK, where to begin…
I’m so glad to be back in the Valley, I’ve proudly called Phoenix and Arizona “home” for most of my life and I’m even more proud to be a graduate of the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Some of you may have heard my voice before because back in the ‘90s I was a DJ at KSLX-FM…I spent several years whispering those call letters in between Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin songs before I caught the journalism bug and decided to finish getting my degree at ASU.
After ASU, I took my first on-air TV job in Oregon as a weather forecaster and reporter. For my next TV job, I decided to “mess with Texas,” just a little bit by heading to El Paso. Not only did I get the chance to forecast the weather, report and anchor the news in El Paso, but I also was fortunate enough to meet my sweetheart Margo Papke. If you don’t know Margo, you really should get to know her. She is one of the producers for Sonoran Living Live on ABC15. And even though I’m a little biased on the subject, she really is awesome.
My next TV adventure took Margo and me to Washington State where I anchored the morning news and forecasted the weather as well. Finally, after all that moving around and becoming an expert on packing a truck, it was time to apply those skills one more time and move back home to Phoenix.
These days you’ll find me buzzing around the Phoenix skyline inside a Eurocopter AStar covering breaking news during ABC15 Mornings.
I know what you’re thinking, and yes, reporting from a helicopter is, quite frankly, as awesome as it sounds and I’m pretty sure my “office” has the best view in town. You should follow me on Twitter ( @TroyAir15 or @TheTroyBarrett ) because I like to post pictures and tweet about breaking news from the chopper.