It may be a small market but Palm Springs has some big stories!!
Working in the California's Coachella Valley is my second
newsroom job. My first was in upstate New York. Back in 1993
I was selected to be the Disneyland Ambassador to the World
representing the Walt Disney Company on TV and radio all over
the world. It was that experience that made me interested
in broadcast journalism.
After graduating from California State University at Fullerton,
with a degree in Communications, I started freelancing for
just about every cable news outlet in Orange County. I learned
to edit, write a package and get it done under deadline.
But getting that first job took a lot of work and patience.
I put together resume tapes, sent them out and waited. Finally
I decided to attend RTNDA, the Radio, Television, News Directors
Association. That year it was in San Antonio, Texas. Thats
where I met the News Director from WIVT in Binghamton, New
York. I was hired as the morning anchor.
Before too long, my bags were packed and I moved across the
country. My mornings were tough. Up at 3am, on the air at
5am and back in bed at 6pm. While the snow and rain and overall
lifestyle of the east coast was different than anything I,
a California girl knew, moving there was one of the best decisions
Ive ever made.
Meanwhile, I decided to head back west after my contract
was up. After working as a writer in radio at KFWB in Hollywood
for a few months, I was hired at KMIR 6 News in Palm Desert.
I started out as a weekend producer, three day reporter. A
year later I moved into the full time reporter slot and am
a fill in anchor.
Palm Springs is a great place to work. Its a great
town with great weather, but hot summers. This business is
extremely competitive. You have to be willing to do it all
in this market. While I dont shoot my stories, I write
and edit them. Its not uncommon to turn around three
packages with live shots within two hours.
There are a lot of interesting people that live here in the
Coachella Valley. We interview former Presidents of the United
States, Hollywood celebrities and sports legends, as well
as visiting dignitaries who choose Palm Springs for rest and
relaxation. But we also head right into the neighborhoods
for those stories that hit home.