Gracies Luncheon in New York City

Traveling to see the big apple was a great experience — of course I toured my current network, NBC, at 30 Rock! It was also an exciting trip because I got to accept my Gracie award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.

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And I was in good company too, with three other BYU alumnae there!

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More information on the piece that won this award here. Photos © Leroy Hamilton, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.

Gracie Award Winner

I am incredibly honored to announce I’ve won a Gracie Award for Nursing On the Job, my piece on breastfeeding in the workplace! Specifically, Outstanding Hard News Feature in the Student category. I did this piece during my very last semester of college and I was quite proud of it so I’m so happy to see it rewarded.

Article in BYU’s student newspaper.

Here is my story:

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Live interviewing

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A new skill I’ve had to learn since starting work as an anchor: live interviewing.

I must admit the first time (or two) that I did it I was very nervous. I have no problem interviewing, but when it’s live your questions must sound intelligent and be well-phrased, you don’t want to have to clarify, and you certainly don’t want to be caught off-guard. Obviously these are principles for any interview, but when you go live suddenly the potential pitfalls multiply. And then, there’s time management and attempting to “manage” the interviewee through unspoken cues.

This is a live, three and a half minute interview with one of Wyoming’s Senator John Barrasso.

My Online/Social Media Presence

I thought it would be fun to illustrate what it is I do daily in terms of my online presence. Whether I’m out reporting or in the studio organizing a show, I do my best to stay connected. I try to not just throw content out into the world wide web but also engage with viewers and members of the community. I repost, retweet, “like,” tag, etc. and try to be a producer and consumer of content. Those efforts pay off as I gain new followers and develop contacts.

I’ve also made it a point to stay connected with industry professionals and former colleagues/mentors so that I know about trends and see what others are doing. It’s great for my creativity and helps me get new ideas, and of course networking is crucial in this business.

social media presence

Clockwise from top: Hootsuite, LinkedIn, a photo taken while riding a helicopter for a story, Twitter interactions, a story I posted to our website, and my Facebook page.