ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - I’ll never forget the moment when I accepted the offer over the phone to become a Weathercaster and Reporter for KALB just days after July 4, 2017!
I was hanging out in my family’s cottage in beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I was filled with emotion, excitement and plenty nervousness after accepting the job offer. I applied to many jobs in the field of Broadcasting, all for Weather/News or Weather positions that were available all across the country, in a variety of markets. I never thought in a million years that I would be so happy and grateful like I have been these past six months working for Your Local Station, KALB!
It’s hard to believe that I’m already at six months of working here, and as they say, time flies when you are having fun and doing what you love! I went to college dreaming of talking about the weather on air for a television station, and I’m fulfilling my dream!
Weather has always fascinated me and always will, and this job, delivering the weather forecast on air to our wonderful Central Louisiana viewers, is nothing short of amazing. Sometimes I still ask myself, is this real? Is this happening? Wow, I’m truly blessed each and every day to be working for such a family-like work environment and alongside wonderful people! I’ve definitely developed a second family away from home down here during my short six months thus far, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! There have been plenty of instances where I’m driving to another fun-filled day at work and I have goosebumps in the car, even still many months later, very excited to see what my new day at work will entail!
I’ve had a lot of memorable moments already in my time here, first and foremost, covering Hurricane Harvey. A weather event that I, and many, in Louisiana and especially Eastern Texas, won’t ever forget with the historical rain totals and damage it did. I’ll never forget the rush of emotions I had behind the scenes preparing to talk about my first hurricane I’ve experienced firsthand. It was so awesome to showcase my passion for weather on air to our viewers of what was to be expected in the days ahead, in late August, 2017. In just a few weeks into my new job here, I was covering a huge weather maker. I was thrown right into it (literally) and it was a lot of fun to cover. During my second official week of working here, I was thrown into doing Second Look, our 6:30 p.m. evening show before doing the Weekend Edition shows!
Another great thing I’ve had is filling in for our two other meteorologists who I am very honored to work with, Tom Konvicka and Abby Rinderer. I’ve done all of the newscasts, a handful of times already and that is part of my job is to provide relief in the mornings and in the evenings during the week for them, while also doing the Weekend Edition Newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. All of this filling in time, which has helped my confidence grown exponentially, especially since Tom Konvicka being out for an extended period of time, I’m truly grateful for this rare opportunity these past couple of months. I say rare opportunity because it isn’t often that a Weekend Weather person can fill in for one of the other meteorologists for several weeks while they take care of their health. I’ve also had the opportunity to do my first live shot back in October during the annual Rapides Parish State Fair, which was quite nerve racking, but lots of fun!
I look forward to future live shot reporting opportunities that get thrown my way! Aside, from all of the Weathercasting on air (which has been very fun every day when I get the opportunity to do it, along with the Weekend Edition newscasts), the live shot reporting is rewarding and I also have been writing articles and posting stories on a variety of topics onto our website. This task of web writing helps my overall writing skills, and at the same time, keeps me informed on what is going on nationally, across the state and locally here in central Louisiana. I look forward to what’s in store for me in the upcoming six months and beyond into 2019! I’ll continue to work my tail off, learning as much as I can and continuing to bring my energy every day during my weathercasts! I couldn’t be any happier right now and I’m truly blessed to be here. Finally, I really appreciate all of the support so far during my time here working for your local station!