MaryAnn Fletcher

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My father and brother were coal miners. My mother is a stay at home mom, working to help her children any way she can.

I am proud to say I am an Eastern Kentucky native. Starting from when I was a child, living in Martin County, I have always watched WYMT. My father and brother were coal miners. My mother is a stay at home mom, working to help her children any way she can. One vivid memory I have as a child was watching WYMT while eating dinner every evening. It was a tradition. As I grew older, I became more curious about the process behind the newscast over eastern and southern Kentucky.

Throughout my school years, I was fortunate enough to have a teacher that pushed me, not only to reach my goals but to perform above and beyond my dreams. She taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are from, but where you’re going, and the road you choose to take you there. Along the path to obtaining my dream job, I have picked up vital skills to launch my career here, in the mountains.

I graduated from the University of Pikeville. Throughout college, I developed a strong love for news. I majored in Communication and minored in Film and Media Arts. My junior year of college, I had the opportunity to pursue an internship here, at WYMT-TV. I loved meeting new people and hearing their stories.

As graduation approached, it became more evident what I wanted to do in my life and where I wanted to go. The career that I once thought of as “unattainable” was within my grasp and I firmly believed that I was ready to reach out and obtain it.

In my free time, you can find me shopping, watching Netflix with my one-eyed cat- Patch, or testing my skills at a D-I-Y project I found online (and usually failing).

For me, news is more than just information. It’s telling the viewers stories that they not only can learn from but relate to, from other people in their area. Whether it’s a heart-warming or heartbreaking story, knowing that by telling it, I could possibly help at least one person. This makes the work leading up to the newscast completely worth it.