What kind of reporting do you see yourself doing in the future?
I want to stick to sports reporting. Nothing else quite appeals to me in the same way. Obviously I want to do the tradition sports reporting—game recaps, game previews, scores etc. But sports are more than a game. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of bringing together a community. It’s a way of creating friendships. It’s a way to express yourself. Each athlete, team, coach, and the list goes on has a story. Every person has a story—a story full of happiness, sadness, ups, and downs. I want to find the hidden story that each person possesses and bring it to life. I will listen to people, learn from them, and then pass their story on for the world to see.
How did you decide on sports reporting? What’s so intriguing about it?
On May 2, 2011 Jesse Horne, a sports reporter from KUSAChannel 9 in Denver, approached me. He wanted to do story on my close friend and teammate Elizabeth “Lizzie” Murphy, who had died in a car accident that same day. I was hesitant to do the interview because speaking in front of people terrified me. And honestly I didn’t think emotionally I would be able to do it. But Jesse Horne was patient, kind, and understanding of my situation. He said he wanted to share her story. The next day his package changed my life. I was in awe. He was able to create a news story so emotional, so vivid, and so touching. This was the first time I had ever been exposed to broadcasting and the impact that it can have on people. One interview, one reporter, and one story changed my life and inspired me to become a backpack sports reporter. I never thought journalism would be something that I would pursue, but I am so thankful that I stumbled upon it. Journalism came into my life at a very difficult time, but I found a new side of myself I never knew existed—I have the ability to speak and to tell a story. That’s what broadcast news is all about: telling a person or a family’s story, and that is exactly what I want to do.
What kind of legacy do you hope to leave with the people around you?
I don’t mean to bash current female sports reporters, but most of them are just a pretty face on the sideline. They may know a lot about sports, but the questions they don’t indicate that. I want to prove that women understand sports just as well as men. Great sports reporters will present you with new and exciting information. I want to be able to communicate sports that way. I aspire to be like Hannah Storm or Erin Andrews, who have changed the sports world for women. They have proven that women can understand sports just as well as men. I hope to inspire young girls and give them the courage to pursue sports journalism.
What’s the best story you’ve ever reported on and why?
When I was an intern at KUSA-Channel 9 in Denver I got to go out with a sports reporter named Josh Moser. We traveled out to New Raymer to speak to a basketball player named Zacc Winn. The community was hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for his family to pay for his medical treatment. Zacc suffers from Primary Schlerosings Cholangitis. The sad thing about his entire situation is must he wait for his liver to give up before he can be put on the donor list. We spoke to Zacc, his family, teammates, his coach, and members of the community. It was amazing to see how an entire community came together to help out one basketball player. The story was amazing.
What do you think people learn/experience when you share your stories?
Well I think it varies from story to story. Most sports stories involve simply telling the facts of the situation, surface level information—there is no deeper story. There is nothing wrong with that. But other times there is a bigger story to be told. And when I find those stories I want people to experience some type of emotion when watching my newscast. My goal is to elicit some type of emotion in all of my stories—that can be happiness, laughter, anger, and even sadness. I want people to feel something when they watch my stories.