Today marks my three-year anniversary at 9NEWS/K*USA-TV. It’s hard to sum up how much fun I’ve had in the last three years, because it would be too difficult to do that in one post.

In the last three years I’ve only had six bad days at work, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t too bad.

Every night when I leave the station I always leave with a smile on my face, knowing I’m at the place I’ve always wanted to be.

I was a senior in High School interning at WKTV in Utica, New York (my hometown market), when I was first introduced to K*USA. A Reporter I shadowed, Aaron Keller, told me “If you want to see good reporting check out KARE in Minneapolis and K*USA in Denver. Their Reporters aren’t ‘Reporters’…they’re Storytellers,”.

The rest is history.

In the last three years I’ve traveled about 70% of Colorado telling hundreds of untold stories. It’s been an absolute pleasure!

The little stories mean just as much to me as the big stories. However, the big ones certainly stick out.

I’ll never forget the Deer Creek Middle School shooting. It was one of my first big assignments at 9NEWS. The fear I saw in parents’ eyes that day will stick with me for the rest of my life… Then there are the deadly wildfires that burned across Colorado… The conversations I had with homeowners and family members who lost their loved ones are some of the most compelling stories I’ve ever heard. And then, the Aurora Theater Shooting… I’ll never forget going back in to work at 1am and spending the next 8 hours witnessing one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

Luckily, the number of ‘good news’ days have outweighed the bad news days.

As I wrote earlier in the year, I signed a new three-year contract, which goes in today effect today. So if you like me, I’m sure you’ll be happy with that. If you don’t like me, I’m sorry to report you’re stuck with me for the next three years ;-)


Joni Welch
9/1/2012 10:25:02 am

It's been a pleasure seeing you on TV and listening as well as reading all the stories you have posted. I look forward to your reports. Keep up the good work and Kudos on a job very well done! Go DD and Winnie the Pooh!! LOL.. ;)

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Venetta Howard
9/1/2012 04:37:27 pm

I has truly been a pleasure to watch your style of storytelling. I grew up in Southern California, where their "hard line" approach leads to nothing but "doom and gloom" recaps of the daily events. Watch the news out there seems like nothing more than reading off a list of the days headlines... no substance. You help us all to remember why we love calling Colorado home!!! GREAT JOB... keep it up! :) <3

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Greenie
11/27/2012 11:56:20 am

your clothes are too tight and you are going bald. not a good look for one who is to be considered a journalist.

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