Usually I am the one asking the questions during an interview, so it always feels weird when the roles are reversed. But it was a treat to sit down for an interview with one of my neighbors, Nicki who writes a fantastic blog about life in the Central West End. We met for coffee and conversation at Silo Coffee + Goods in the TechArtista building in the CWE. I've met Nicki several times at different events throughout the last year, but this was a great way to get to know her as she got to know me.
We talked about everything from my typical day (spoiler, there is no typical day) to my views on growth in St. Louis to my favorite parts about living in the city. Its always fun to talk about my job to people because a lot of people have a very different idea of what I do as a TV reporter (spoiler, its not glamorous, no one is doing my hair and make-up). So its nice to let people know what actually goes into making a story appear on the 10:00 news every night.
Here's a little preview, and a question I get asked all the time - do I ever want to be an anchor?
Do you aspire to become an anchor one day?
“I’m happy in the field. The favorite part of my day is getting out and meeting people and sharing news with others. There is also the adrenaline rush of covering breaking news that I would really miss.
Head on over to Nicki's blog and read the full interview. While you're there, check out some of her other great posts about our wonderful neighborhood!
Does anyone remember the girl band B*Witched? They had that hit song "Blame it on the Weatherman," can't remember? Do yourself a favor and relive the 90s and watch it here. But when we're not talking unrequited love, it's not as easy to just blame the weather on the weather man. We were in Storm Mode all weekend at KMOV, along with the rest of St. Louis. There was a threat of a major ice storm that essentially shut down a good portion of the state for 36 hours.
In the end it did not get as bad as predicted. But all it would have taken was a degree or two of difference. I am not a meteorologist, heck, I was absolutely terribly at science in school, but I trust our meteorologist who study those models and do their best to predict the unpredictable. Its frustrating sometimes to see them getting hated on all the time. But part of our job in TV is to take the criticism along with the praise, although there recently seems to be much more of the former...
Storm coverage is always a crazy day. Whether it's an ice storm or a tornado, it's always hectic, you have to be ready to drop what your doing (mid-interview even!) and switch gears. There's an adrenaline rush that sticks with you through out the day that helps make you forget you haven't drank any water and all you've eaten in nine hours was a smashed peanut butter sandwiched. But weather coverage remains the number one reason people turn to local news. Local reporters and local meteorologists know the area, I can tell you that the overpass onto 170 is iced over or that you should head to a different Schnucks because the one in South County is completely sold out of bread. (I did no less then five live shots from the bread aisle during last week's storm). You're iPhone weather app or even the national Weather Channel is never going to be able to give pin-pointed info for traveling your specific neighborhood in a storm.
Here are my lessons learned during storm coverage:
As a journalist, some days you tell the story you have to tell, other days you get to tell the story you want to tell. This was definitely a story I couldn't wait to share. I love telling stories about people doing awesome things in our city. You all know by now that I am a big cheerleader for St. Louis. I love this city and I can get frustrated with the haters.
As a news station we have to tell the good along with the bad, and while the bad can often overshadow everything else, it's important to remember there are so many people working to make this city better each and ever day.
The guys behind Arch Apparel are a prime example. They started the local t-shirt company a year ago and have simply blown up across the area. You can find their stuff in a bunch of local boutiques and on their website. One thing I love is when I spot people wearing Cardinals and Blues gear when I'm traveling, even more exciting is to see people wearing shirts that simply show their a fan of the city, not just a sports team.
Plus the shirts are printed at Tiny Little Monster, a printing company based in Maplewood, so it's all super local! Plus their stuff is really cute. I'm excited for my first Blues game this year so I can rock my new blue and yellow shirt!
These are my current favs on their site, I need to find a baby (someone else's please!) to give that adorable onesie!
If you missed the story you can watch it here!
I am always looking for stories about people making a difference in St. Louis. If you know someone that would make a great story please let me know! Shoot me a tweet/facebook message/email/comment below! Y'all know I'm checking it all way too often!
There are always tough stories in this business. Crime scenes, families raw with emotion, but some days are harder than others. The last two weeks have been extremely violent in St. Louis and it’s been hard to see my beloved city plagued by such senseless gunfire. A mother killed, a baby killed, crimes that just punch you in the gut.
I did several stories over the last two weeks surrounding some of the violence. An interview with Chief Sam Dotson about stolen guns, breaking news on the end to the man hunt for one of the alleged shooters, but reporting the news and trying to break down what can be done about these crimes can get disheartening. I truly do believe we as the media have an impact and an obligation to report on these crimes but also the proposed solutions. The reality is though there’s only so much the police can do. There’s only so much the social service programs can do. And sometimes that’s really frustrating. There was an excellent story in the Sunday New York Times about the violent Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago. Reading it, it could easily have been about St. Louis.
One moment I recall from last week was after our live shot in front of the memorial on Washington Avenue for Brandi Hill, a mother who was shot and killed, a woman came up to me. She was putting flowers on the memorial. She didn’t know Brandi but said someone had done the same for her father after he was killed. She and I spoke for a bit on the shocking nature of this crime, a deadly carjacking on the busy street in downtown. And then she asked if she could hug me. I said yes and that hug was exactly what I needed. We parted ways but her good nature of offering flowers to one stranger’s family, and a hug to another stranger, gave me hope. We need more people like that.
It’s why I try to use this space to highlight the good. St. Louis is such an incredible city, filled with incredible people. I spent a day the other week volunteering for Brightside. With a group of volunteers we cleaned up a park in South City. I met so many wonderful people working to make the neighborhood a more beautiful and safer place to live. If you know of people or programs working to make St. Louis a better place, let me know, I would love to hear about them. Let’s all hope for a quieter week for our city.
Welcome to my blog! Here you'll find a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day life of a TV news reporter. I have a love for food, traveling and all things St. Louis. This is a place for me to write a bit more about my passions.