I am a television producer for a national broadcast show on CNN/HLN. My daily duties include a wide array of tasks including, but not limited to, booking guests, script writing, video editing, and preparing guests and the host for the nightly program.
Undergrad degree: Journalism & Theatre
Favorite class in college: Food Science
Changing majors: I started college in the engineering department, toyed around with the idea of pre-medicine for a while, moved into journalism and then decided to pick up a theatre major as well.
College to career: After college I didn't want to get a "real job." I wanted to travel and do the things I heard everyone talking about, the things they wish they "could do" or the things they wish they "had done." So I picked up and moved from my family home in the suburbs of Chicago to New York City. I didn't have a job when I moved, but within a couple of weeks I found myself working as a happy hour bartender at a piano bar in the West Village of Manhattan. After about a year of working, I found I had made enough money to begin my dream of traveling. I quit my job and traveled solo with my backpack for a year. When the money ran out, I returned to New York. I bartended for a while, traveled for a while, and pretty much lived the dream in NYC. Eventually though, even this became tiring and I decided it was time to try that whole "career" thing. On my first interview, with some good advice from a friend and a sharp looking resume, I landed a job at CNN/HLN. What can I say? I've had a charmed life.
Career influences: I always wanted to be involved in the media. My first love was talk radio and after working in it, I realized it wasn't for me. I actually fell into television largely by accident. I spent five years post-college bartending in Manhattan and traveling the world. When I got tired of these two pastimes, I decided to get a "real job" and use my journalism degree. I just happened to know someone who knew of a job opening with the Nancy Grace Show. I showed up to the interview, they were impressed with my story and my worldly experience, and the rest is history.
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