WDSU News at 10:00: May 9, 2014
This was one of the most challenging newscasts I've ever produced. We had a surprise amount of flooding hit New Orleans about 90 minutes before the newscast. We also needed to discuss the New Orleans Saints draft pick that a lot in the city were concerned about.
I was in constant communication with reporters and stressed to them the need to show the scene they were covering. I also had to weave in two sports hits and continue to let our meteorologist update viewers on the flooding conditions. Working with my director, anchor and reporters, I feel like we produced an informative show with superior coverage.
WDSU News at 6:00: March 7, 2015
This show highlights my calm in the control room as another story making waves nationally broke in New Orleans just minutes before my newscast started. My reporter informed me of the breaking news surrounding Robert Durst at 5:45 and we turned around to make sure we had the story right at the top of the hour.
I also was able to add another breaking news story to my A-block then shuffled things around so we could get to the other stories in my show. Because of the breaking news, I could not move my anchors around as much as I wanted to at the beginning, but I am happy to sacrifice that for clean breaking news.
WDSU News at 5:00: August 7, 2015
This was a very solid show for a variety of reasons. First, I let my reporter at the scene of a fire detail his story with a great setup, video and live shot. This story was a good lead to a show and illustrates my ability to build something up, if needed.
I am also pleased with this show because of the use of sound and pictures that captures the attention of a viewer. This show was visually appealing and that is what you need for all newscasts especially the 5 p.m. show.
WDSU News at 4:00: Jan. 30, 2015
At WDSU, I was a jack-of-all trades producer. Most of the time I was in charge of the 10 p.m. show, but I felt comfortable in any show or any role. That includes the hour-long 4 p.m. news.
In this show, our anchors must be moved around the studio so creativity and flexibility is a must. And despite only having two true reporters for this show, I feel like it was streamlined and fast paced. The choice of stories, movement and continuity are reasons I chose this show as a representation of me as a producer.
KOMU 8 News at Six: April 29, 2013
This newscast really highlights my vision as a producer. I like to mix things up, move my anchors around and get creative with intros. On this day we had a reporter at the Missouri Capitol covering the Department of Revenue scandal, a reporter covering the beginnings of a murder trial and a reporter covering traffic problems in a highly congested area of Columbia.
This show also contained good visual elements that could be used to promote the packages and also allowed me to get the creative juices flowing.
KOMU 8 News at Six: March 18, 2013
After eight weeks as a producer, I was finally faced with breaking news two minutes before the start of the show. My reporter who had been tracking a story that occurred ninety minutes away informed me the body of a man missing at the Lake of the Ozarks was found. My director and I quickly changed the start for a breaking news open.
This show also contained another reporter in studio, an anchor franchise and multiple local stories with information that involved the entire viewing area not just the city of Columbia.