Working in TV news is a blast. Everyone is on the same page at Spectrum News 13 when it comes to breaking news and enterprise reporting. We do a great job at both.
Our peers know it.
The Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists named us the Best the Overall Station Of The Year for 2019.
We also won first place for Breaking News in 2019 for “Bus Overturns On I-4."
I was working on the assignment desk on Oct. 1, 2019 when a Lynx bus overturned in the rain, snarling traffic on Interstate 4 for hours.
I'm proud to be part of the award-winning team that produces top-notch news every day for Central Florida.
Viewers know it, too. They are very engaged with the content. Sure, we get our share of crank calls. But we get far more attaboys. Viewers want the type of local news we provide.
Check out a recent piece I produced about COVID-19 with guest Dr. Antonia Novello , U.S. surgeon general from 1990 to 1993 under President George Bush, and Anchor Curtis McCloud for our In-Depth segment.
As an Assignment Editor, I have a unique position with a lot of responsibilities. I make a lot of judgment calls about content - but I don't do it in a vacuum. We have open and honest discussions about news. Reporters, photojournalists, producers and news managers provide a lot of feedback. In the end, Assignment Editors like myself are tasked with making the plans work. And sometimes those plans change several times during a shift. So you have to be flexible at all times.
You never know when the police scanners will go off and something will come up that changes everything without warning.
It's pretty exciting to be part of such a large news organization. We are different than most TV stations because our company, with roughly 100,000 employees, is primarily a telecommunications firm. We provide cell, cable and wireless services. But, as an added bonus, we also provide high-quality content. You can only get our news if you are a subscriber.