Hannah Reynolds

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One of my first memories from my childhood was watching a news reporter out of Knoxville and thinking that was exactly what I wanted to be when I got older.

One of my first memories from my childhood was watching a news reporter out of Knoxville and thinking that was exactly what I wanted to be when I got older.

While attending elementary school at Whitley Central Primary, I remember the ladies in the front office asking if anyone wanted to do the first school announcement they were doing with students. Of course, I volunteered. I can remember everyone in the office laughing at me as I used my “reporter voice” over the intercom. The adults thought it was funny, but after watching my favorite reporters every morning, I was ready and I thought I did the best job.

All through intermediate, middle and high school I really fell in love with public speaking and writing. Fast-forward to my senior year of high school - every year Williamsburg High School picks a male and female student that will go on the intercom for the “after school announcements.” It was like our daily news. I just knew it was going to go to somebody else, as the previous seniors hand-pick the upcoming duo. I can remember little Sara Jo asking me and being overwhelmed. I was so excited. However, while I had a love for journalism, people around me started to talk me out of it. I graduated from high school with a plan to be a physician.

My first semester of college at the University of Kentucky was so frustrating for me. I was taking entry-level math and science classes and I tried my best, but it just wasn't for me. So, in my second semester, I followed my heart and declared my journalism major. This was one of the best moves I ever made in my life.

I ended up transferring back home to Williamsburg, Kentucky to pursue my journalism degree at the University of the Cumberlands. During my last semester, I interned at WATE-TV in Knoxville, where I shadowed and learned the ropes of the newsroom. I graduated from college on May 5th, 2018, with degrees in Communication Arts and Journalism/Public Relations. Within a couple of weeks, I was working at WYMT.

I am currently the Cumberland Valley Bureau Chief Reporter, meaning I work from the field for WYMT. You can find me in southeast Kentucky most days. When I am not working, I spend the majority of my time with my little four-pound Yorkie, Willow, and/or watching some kind of horror movie with my friends and family.


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