I have worked at WRCB-TV, the NBC affiliate in the Chattanooga market, since August 2015. My job is a unique hybrid of duties that include supervising and working with the producers, coordinating, planning and executing special projects, writing stories for broadcast and digital platforms, and handling several newsroom administrative tasks.
On a daily basis, I work with the producers to help them find and place stories creatively to build strong newscasts and copy edit scripts. One of my weekly responsibilities also includes compiling restaurant health inspection score information for and writing the Restaurant Report Card segment which airs each Friday and also appears online.
I also enjoy coordinating, planning and supervising the station’s special projects such as the Share Your Christmas food drive each December, which is one of the largest annual fundraisers for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, which raises nearly $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital each year. I also field produce special news coverage when needed, such as coverage of school board meetings tied to the Ooltewah assault case, the 5th anniversary of the April 27 tornado outbreak, 1st anniversary of the July 16th terrorist attack in Chattanooga, and a town hall meeting on the state of education in Hamilton County, Tenn.
I have a natural knack for administrative and organizational skills and I have the opportunity to put those to use in the newsroom through several administrative tasks, including creating schedules and handling time-off requests for the newsroom staff, processing newsroom time sheets, and ordering office supplies.
I help coordinate special stories and coverage during the station’s rating periods each quarter, and have worked with our chief meteorologist to produce and write special content that runs on air during those times.
As a newsroom manager, I provide editorial oversight and make editorial calls when needed. In addition to helping with decision making when I’m at work, I’m part of a weekend on-call rotation to help plan reporter assignments, approve scripts and make judgment calls as needed over the weekend.
From September 2015 – early January 2016, I served as the interim assistant news director while the assistant news director was on maternity leave. In addition to my typical responsibilities, I also ran the assignment desk, which includes assigning reporters, monitoring police and emergency responder scanners, coordinating field crews and live shots, and working with other NBC affiliates on a statewide and national level to share content on big stories such as the wildfire outbreak and Woodmore bus crash tragedy in the fall of 2016.
Here are some examples of my work:
- Story of Hope: Sierrah
- Story of Hope: Tyler
- Physical therapy helps St. Jude patients regain lives
- Tickets now on sale for 2017 St. Jude Dream Home
- 31st annual Share Your Christmas food drive
- 32nd annual Share Your Christmas food drive provides over 300,000 meals
- TVA meteorologists track weather, help guide power generation
- Chattanooga Zoo helps animals adapt in all types of weather
- How to identify your safe place in severe weather
- Hamilton County family shares story of tornado survival
- Weather at Work: Chattanooga Lookouts
- 2016 St. Jude Dream Home giveaway
- Story of Hope: Zach
- Story of Hope: Gideon
- Messages of hope line floor of St. Jude Dream Home
- State of Education: Town Hall Meeting addresses key issues
- Chinese restaurant fails; two downtown eateries post low scores
I worked at WBIR-TV, the NBC affiliate and No. 1 rated station in the Knoxville market from 2008 – 2015. I began in the summer as an intern and that work led to a part-time position as the weekend assignment manager and week-in-review show producer immediately following in August 2008.
I moved to full-time producing in April 2009. Over time, I gained experience with nearly every newscast the station produces. I started out as the weekend morning producer for nearly two years and also filled in on weekday shows. After that, I promoted directly to the 6 p.m. newscast, although I also served as a fill-in producer on the hour-long 5 p.m. newscast and hour-long 4 p.m. feature show.
In October 2014, I had the opportunity to promote to an entirely new position at the station and become the weekend executive producer. In this role, I coordinated and planned our weekend coverage with a focus on covering as many events as possible with a smaller staff and sought hard news to avoid “fluffy” newscasts that are entirely event-focused.
I supervised the weekend staff and worked closely with producers, reporters and anchors to copy edit scripts, determine a good flow for the newscasts and explore creative storytelling and producing options to take the newscast from good to great.
I wrote stories, edited videos and supervised maintenance of the station’s website on the weekends and helped maintain it during the week. My role also included writing and monitoring posts and interacting with viewers on WBIR’s well-followed social media accounts.
I helped monitor scanners for developing news and sought and gathered developing news information on a daily basis. My experience with these duties and coordinating crews in the field led to me being called on to fill in occasionally for the assignment manager.
During my time at WBIR, I also had the privilege of working on a number of special projects, including overseeing the 6-month weekly driving safety series, “Rules of the Road”; a Knoxville mayoral debate and a town hall on the dangers of underage drinking.
Here are some examples of my work:
- Several Smokies trails closed after bear attacked teen (written for WBIR and picked up by USA Today, which also published it in the print edition of the paper on Tuesday, June 9, 2015)
- THP trooper killed in farming accident in Hancock County
- Ray Mubarak to plead guilty to bank fraud, conspiracy
- Knox County officers write “Happy Birthday” ticket
- Former Pigeon Forge officer to serve house arrest in gambling case
- Former police chief, city manager charged in pill mill operation
- Former Vol A.J. Johnson booked on rape charge
- George Thomas loses appeal in Christian-Newsom murders
- Need a tree? Here’s where to buy local
- Dr. Richard Briggs wins Sen. Stacey Campfield’s former seat
- Chickamauga Lock reopens sooner than expected
- UT fraternity suspended after alleged alcohol enema incident
- Northshore Town Center reaches development milestone
- Mild winter comparisons: Could we see more snow in East Tennessee?
For the Joy of Real Food
I’ve always loved cooking and baking and discovered in recent years that I also enjoy developing my own recipes from scratch.
I’d toyed with the idea of starting my own food blog for some time until a friend and mentor finally urged me to go for it in the summer of 2014.
I researched how to get started, created my own blog using WordPress templates and plug-ins and launched it in August 2014.
For more than a year after that, I published a new recipe or feature weekly or bi-weekly and continued to see my audience grow. I create my own recipes, test, write and photograph them. I also use social media accounts to try to grow my audience and serve them as best I can through a variety of platforms for sharing information.
In March 2015, I started doing live cooking demonstrations on 10News at Noon on WBIR. Those appearances have grew into monthly segments where I featured a recipe from the blog until I moved to Chattanooga in August 2015.
I started working at Chick-fil-A – Kingston Overlook in July 2003 as a team member. It was my first “real” job other than babysitting. I quickly promoted, advancing to shift manager in December 2004 at the age of 17. At the time, I was the second youngest manager in the history of that particular restaurant location.
In my role as shift manager, I coordinated people and positions to run the restaurant effectively, prepared food, assisted customers, cleaned any surface in the restaurant, handled catering orders, dealt with customer complaints and praise and handled employee disciplinary action for inappropriate behavior exhibited during my watch when necessary.
I also coordinated a weekly restaurant quality assessment program, assisted with training brand-new employees and continual education training for seasoned employees, organized and created a checklist system for daily and weekly cleaning tasks, and counted deposits.
I left Chick-fil-A in August 2008, at the start of my senior year of college, after a summer internship at WBIR-TV turned into an opportunity to begin a part-time job in the career I wanted to pursue in my chosen field of study.