Role: Assistant Producer, KERA News

1.      What’s the best professional decision you’ve ever made?

Returning to Dallas. After my NPR internship, I had the option to either temp for the show I had interned with, or return home to see if I MAYBE had a shot at working with the member station there. I chose to go home. It was tough because a lot of people dream of being able to work at NPR. Though it was tough, I’ve had the opportunity to take on so many responsibilities that I wouldn’t have had the chance to do at NPR HQ.

2.      What’s something you’ve learned from a professional setback or challenge?

Even if you feel like you can’t push through, persevere. Your patience and hard work WILL reward you. It sounds really trite, but I wouldn’t be where I am professionally if I gave up. 

3.      What is one thing you wish you would’ve known “then”?

Your job title (or lack of) does not represent your worth as a person. It’s really easy to see what others are accomplishing and base your worth on what you COULD be doing but can’t. Don’t do that. Focus on you. All you’re seeing is the highlight reel and not the struggle.

4.      How have you leveraged experiences you’ve had and connections you’ve made at NABJ/NAHJ conferences?

I’ve never attended an NABJ or NAHJ conference.

5.      What’s one of your favorite public media stories, podcasts, shows or series? Why?

This one about the founder of Three Happy Cows in Dallas. To set it up as a love story between an entrepreneur and a business really connected me to a story I might not have cared about otherwise. Call me an emotional sucker, but I really felt for Edgar Diaz and what he went through with his business. To be honest, I cried in the parking lot after hearing this story.

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