Angela Reighard

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I'm overwhelmed by the kindness of the people in this community. Thank you for being so welcoming!

As a kid I was often asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" For a while, my answers were: veterinarian, actress, and author. It wasn't until high school that finally I gave the right answer: journalist.

I grew up in Northeast Ohio in a town called North Canton. It was here where I started my career in journalism. I was lucky enough to attend a high school that offered an exceptional journalism program. Under the guidance of our teachers, we worked together to put on video morning announcements. While we mostly reported what clubs were meeting and what's for lunch, it gave us a taste of what it's like to work in a newsroom. By my senior year, I was asked to produce and host a local televised talk show. For 20 minutes, I interviewed people that were making a difference in the community. Those 20 minutes convinced me that 20 minutes wasn't going to be long enough. I needed to pursue a career in journalism.

When it came time for me to pick a college, I wanted to move out-of-state. I thought to be a journalist you had to move to a big city. Boy, was I wrong. I attended Ohio University in Athens, OH and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. What made the experience so valuable was my work with WOUB-TV, the local PBS affiliate. I was one of many student volunteers who worked as a team to produce a 30-minute newscast broadcast five days a week. Over four years, I served as an anchor, reporter, producer, videographer, and editor.

The real-world experience I gained at OU helped me land various internships. The summer after my freshman year, I worked with Sirius XM Satellite Radio's POTUS channel in Washington, DC. I was on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States for the ruling on the Affordable Care Act. I got the "political bug" and from there, I never looked back. I went on to work with WKYC-TV in Cleveland, OH where I learned the ropes of local news. My junior year, I moved to New York City to intern with the TODAY Show. Walking past Matt Lauer in the hallway was surreal to say the least. I wrapped up my college career with a fellowship at the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau. I worked as a one-man-band reporter covering state government. To me, there's nothing more thrilling than Election Night. These internships prepared me for my next chapter here in Hazard and I couldn't be happier.

I'm overwhelmed by the kindness of the people in this community. Thank you for being so welcoming!