I am an Emmy-nominated journalist with over 15 years of experience. My professional goal was to be a reporter. I believe my high school yearbook caption read something along the lines of: "You'll see me reporting live on Channel 7." Like many aspiring broadcast journalists, my path took several turns before I found level ground. I earned my master's degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago within one year of obtaining a bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University. My debut publication, #JOURNOLIFE, is a series of intimate interviews with working journalists that exposes the hardcore truths on what it really takes to work in a commercial newsroom.
The idea for JOURNOLIFE.com was sparked as I held speaking engagements during my book promotion. The conversations following each presentation were always lively and intriguing. I was struck by the range of questions asked afterwards. Not the questions asked during the allotted time - the questions asked privately. Those were the most inquisitive. There are so many misconceptions and ideals surrounding what being a journalist entails that I wanted to create a safe place where we can explore the field in its entirety.
My hope is that JOURNOLIFE.com will serve as an information hub for all things related to broadcast journalism. Here we will live, learn and grow together. Whether you're just starting your career, still paying your dues, or a veteran, #JOURNOLIFE.com will provide resources, information and tips that you can incorporate into your professional journey.
I look forward to interacting with you all as we take this journey together.