“Hey, are you the news lady?”
“I USED to be the news lady. Now I work for you!”
Hello. My name is Brandi. Welcome to my life on the other side.
This job at Westside has allowed me to continue to share stories as I had for years at KETV, while shifting the spotlight to the students, teachers and programs making a difference in District 66. I have absolutely loved working with the aspiring journalists like the two you see above who are learning in the Westside High journalism department. I LOVE seeing the excitement in our teachers and coaches when their students, teams and ideas get attention from one of our local stations. And I have been so inspired to see the pride in this District as more and more, all of these wonderful things are shared with people throughout our city and beyond.
I get asked quite a bit.. do I miss KETV? For sure.. I miss the people. Many of my former colleagues were also my extended family. I miss Kristyna making me laugh so hard I cried. I miss Andy and Rob trying to make me crack up during commercial breaks. I won’t be there when Fry brings in that beautiful, perfect baby boy. I miss my people.
I also miss storytelling. I think there’s a perception that everyone on TV does it to be on camera.. FALSE. I DON’T miss that. You’ll often catch me in my office at Westside with my hair in a pony tail, no lipstick, and if I’m lucky, taking advantage of a casual Friday in jeans and a Warriors pullover. I would argue that most journalists entered the field to WRITE. To share powerful stories. To channel a creative fire in our hearts into this crazy thing called journalism.
With that… HELLO! And welcome back to Anchor’s Away, the blog I created to share stories that pique my interest, inspire me, and that I hope inspire you to make our world a better place. My hopes to continue Throwback Thursday this football season came to a screeching halt as I focused on my responsibilities at Westside and my #1 priority as momma and wife at home. Now approaching 6 months in to my new reality, I welcome you to my Grand ReOpening of sorts.. with my 4th year of There She Is profiles leading up to this year’s Miss Nebraska and Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen pageant and a new feature, Nebraska, showcasing some truly phenomenal people across our state. My good friend and photojournalist Dave Hynek and I have spent the last several weeks producing 9 profiles, focusing on Northeast Nebraska, and it has been a project that truly, left me speechless.
One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Do more of what makes you happy.’ Happiness is my children laughing. Happiness is a big glass of wine with Grey’s Anatomy and Project Runway queued up on the DVR. Happiness is a spring baseball game with my husband at my side. Happiness is uncontrollable laughter with my girlfriends. And Happiness is sitting in the quiet of night, after my boys are asleep, and WRITING.
Last year, this blog reached 128,000 views and 86,000 readers. THAT BLOWS MY MIND. Thank you, and thanks for coming back to Anchor’s Away.