Hi, everyone! I’m excited to be joining the BDN Blog family, thanks to our new partnership with the newspaper. I thought I’d start by introducing myself and taking you on a tour of hairstyles.
I thought I’d get that out of the way, because invariably, any retrospective of my last 33 years here on the CBS 13 anchor desk, includes hair style references! All I can say about that is, at the time – they all seemed like pretty good choices! If only there weren’t so many photos out there…
I have this great privilege of having anchored and reported in Maine for more than three decades. I moved here from the Washington, D.C. area to work in radio news, which I did for several years at three different stations in Portland – the last one being WGAN. When the opportunity arose to apply and “audition” for the anchor spot on what was then WGAN T.V., I jumped at it. Or let’s say, I “slid” into it. I had to sit on a telephone book of New York City during the audition as (secret is out,) I am only 5’1”, and the chair was too low. In the middle of attempting to read scripts on a teleprompter (something I had never done,) I promptly slid right off the phone book and underneath the desk. Beet red face, heart pounding, I wasn’t quite sure what to do next. So I got back on the chair and picked up mid-sentence. A very gracious and forgiving news director later told me that “moment” convinced him I could handle live television – and my radio reporting convinced him to give me a shot.
So here I am now, still sitting on an adjustable chair and a pillow, having covered numerous stories and events in an adopted state that I have come to treasure. Along the way, I have shared many personal events with our viewers. I’ve gotten married, had two children, sent one off to college and am still navigating the teen years, with a daughter just finishing her freshman year in high school. I love my family and being a mother, and I thank our viewers for remembering the day my kids were born and following along all these years!
People always say to me, “there’s so much bad news.” But it’s not all bad. Not even close. I’ve seen so many remarkable stories of courage and hope and genuine goodness over the years, and I’ve loved sharing many of them with you.
Which brings me to this blog.
Right now, I’m doing a weekly segment called, “Making A Difference.” You can find it every Tuesday night, on CBS 13 Live at Five Thirty. These are wonderful stories of people and organizations doing their part to show compassion and support in our communities. Believe me, I never run out of ideas or stories to tell. Because there are so many great things going on around us.
So we’ll talk about them here!
I expect I’ll also share some perspective on life. After all, that’s what blogs are for!
In the meantime, you wouldn’t believe how easy it is for all of us to find ourselves, “Making A Difference.”
I look forward to connecting with you and sharing some stories!