Professional Work

WRCB-TV

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.

Field producing the morning show for Share Your Christmas 2016

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.

Field producing the 2016 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

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 oversee the station’s paid internship program, including hiring an intern each spring, summer and fall, and supervising and evaluating their work at the station.

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.

Share Your Christmas 2015 along with anchor LaTrice Currie and photographer Tim McCurry

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:

WBIR-TV

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.

Hard at work in the control room

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:

Web articles

Special projects

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.
On the set of my first cooking segment on WBIR
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.

Chick-fil-A

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.

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