"My biggest hope for this city is for all students to safely attend and earn a quality high school education."
Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I work as a producer at a local news station. I select, arrange and write each story the anchors read in a one-hour newscast. I’ve always loved the idea of being a life-long learner; working in news gives me the opportunity to learn something new every day.
My role is challenging, but extremely fulfilling. I work on a deadline, so there are moments I feel rushed to finish writing or editing content before we hit air, but I get to leave each day knowing I created an informative show from start to finish.
How long have you lived in Milwaukee and what brought you here?
I moved in 2012 to attend UW-Milwaukee. I didn’t know anyone at the time, so I pushed myself to join school activities to keep busy and meet people. That’s when I fell in love with broadcast journalism. Three years later, I decided to stay and pursue my master’s degree. One thing led to the next, and I accepted my first full-time job here in spring 2017.
What does your ideal Milwaukee weekend look like?
My weekends are fairly relaxing. I love starting my day with coffee! My friends might say what I actually love is sugar, because I usually order something overly sweet and creamy. In the summer I like going to Brewers games and exploring festivals. When my sister comes to visit, we usually browse home décor shops and dream about decorating our homes to the nines!
While I was in grad school, I taught an undergraduate media writing course. A majority of my students attended area high schools before coming to UW-Milwaukee. I couldn’t help but notice the performance gap between students from Milwaukee and students from outside of the city. There’s a lot that goes into these differences: family income, class size, school resources and segregation. My biggest hope for this city is for all students to safely attend and earn a quality high school education.
What is one word you would use to describe Milwaukee?
That’s two words, but it’s the best answer. I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance almost four years ago, and my life flipped upside down. (I loved eating bread and making baked goods!) Thankfully, I was living in a city that gave me safe options to eat out with friends, grocery shop affordably, and feel as normal as I could on a limited diet.