Me doing one of my first a stand-ups ever when I was a rookie anchor/reporter.
This was my first job in TV news--and what a great place it was.
It was market size 124—that’s fairly big for a first job.
TV market sizes are based on the number of households able to watch the stations. To give you perspective--NYC is number 1, LA number 2, Columbus, Ohio number 32. Today the smallest market in the US is Glendive, Montana at 210.
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I worked at the CBS affiliate, KDLH-TV Duluth, Minnesota.
I got the job just six weeks after graduating from THE Ohio State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
I started as a reporter then got promoted to morning anchor.
I broke a lot of stories there—crime stories, that is.
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Well, my roommate was a Duluth Police Captain AND I was dating a Duluth Firefighter. So, when they got something good—I was the first to hear about it.
I also really liked reporting on crime-hard news, spot news (meaning murders, abductions, fires, unusual deaths). I’m not morbid.
But I did find it interesting. Plus, I’m empathetic. This gave me solid skills for knowing how to interview relatives involved-- especially a victim’s next of kin.
When I first got the job—I was doing what I’d done in college: I could not believe just a few weeks after graduating I was now getting paid to do it.
What job left--or leaves--you feeling extremely blessed?