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TJ Caudill

Assignment Editor/Producer, WYMT
Hazard, Ky.

I never know how to start these things off. I was tempted to just write “I am Spartacus” just because that is more of my style.

I’d rather share the stories of the community and people in them than tell my own.

I grew up in eastern Kentucky. I lived in Whitesburg most of my life before moving to Hazard several years ago.

I’ve always been around the media in one way or another. In high school, I was involved with newspaper and broadcast journalism classes. Letcher County Central High School produced a short newscast. I was behind the scenes then as I am now.

While in high school, I interned at Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute. I give a lot of credit to AMI for making me the journalist I am today. The program taught me the importance of my own voice, the voice of others in this region and the value of honoring eastern Kentucky’s culture. Not to mention the training I received in the technical aspects of making documentary films.

I attended Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College for two years before studying history at Eastern Kentucky University.

After coming back home, I started at The Hazard Herald newspaper in 2015 as a reporter. For the next couple of years, I had the privilege of sharing stories of Perry County and the City of Hazard. My favorite stories were of the underdogs and those persevering despite every obstacle thrown at them. It is one of my favorite qualities in this region -- we might get knocked down, but we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and try again.

I came to WYMT in April 2018 as an Assignment Editor/Producer where I am still sharing the stories of our communities.

I describe myself as an introverted hermit who enjoys a night in rather than a night out.

On a typical Friday night, you can find me curled up with a good fantasy or science fiction book or playing a RPG video game.

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