What led you
to go into the broadcast journalism field?
I've known I
wanted to be a journalist since elementary school. I've tried to imagine myself
in other professions, but none of them ever struck me as "me." In
third grade, I was dubbed the "class writer." I always had to explain
myself thoroughly and make my point or opinion known. In family videos, I would
ham it up. I remember during a high school trip to Spain, I created my own
segment about all the randomness that would happen on our tours; it was called
"Kelevision." I was a social butterfly back in the day. There's
nothing I would rather do than travel, meet new people on a daily basis, and
learn a little bit about a lot of things. Everyone has a story.
graduate student at Emerson College. Any connection to your name?
probably going to read this and be, like, "Kelly Emerson goes to...
Emerson? Did she do that on purpose? She must get a discount." No
discount, no relation .... Emerson has a very strong journalism program, and
Boston isn't too far away from home. It just seemed like a pretty good deal to
How did you
get the internship at NESN?
with the Portland Sea Dogs the summer after I graduated from St. Joe's. NESN
covered a couple of the games during the season. I love sports and television,
and I knew I would need another internship as a grad student, so I started
networking during the games NESN covered. Once I moved to Boston, I began
e-mailing and calling the contacts I had made. I was transferred from person to
person at NESN. Constantly emailing/making phone calls was tiring, but I knew
this was something I really wanted. Finally, they scheduled me for an
interview. It went well, but I still had to go through a second interview.
After a six-month process, I was offered an internship position at the NESN
production trailer during the Red Sox games.
What was it
like working with Heidi Watney, who interviews all the Red Sox players?
the start, Heidi was supportive. I was never snubbed. Heidi was so willing to
teach; she took the time to answer any and all questions I had about the
profession. I was able to follow her around during a couple games. She makes
talking in front of the camera live look effortless!
What is your
I would like to be a sideline reporter. I love talking about sports the most and
enjoy the atmosphere of the whole scene. Sideline reporting would also
eventually give me the chance to travel.
Have you had
actual experience in broadcast journalism in any form?
actually made my mini-debut while I was still at St. Joe's on Saco River
Community Television. I was interviewing an alum of St. Joe's who had cystic
fibrosis and needed a lung transplant. Since becoming an Emerson student, I
have been sent on many reporting assignments and pieced together broadcast
packages for our school's news station.
NESN let me
work on stand-ups for my reel, so I can have material to send out when it comes
time to apply to stations. Every now and then, I would be on TV when I
stage-managed for Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy in the booth during the games. Right
now, I'm in the process of working on a documentary about a unique fashion
designer who is ... becoming something big. No one has interviewed him at
length yet, so I'm excited to be snagging this story!
Do you have
a role model in the broadcast business?
Beadle (SportsNation on ESPN) is awesome. I've had the opportunity
to shadow her. She is laid back and comfortable in her own skin. Her
personality doesn't change whether she is on air or off. Michelle is
professional and knows what she is talking about, yet she still manages to be
very down-to-earth and not cocky. This business is pretty competitive and a lot
of people take themselves a little too seriously sometimes, but Michelle
doesn't forget to enjoy the job.
your favorite part of your NESN internship?
just enjoyed the environment in general. Being able to say I went to work and
was in a better mood once I got there is enough for me; that's how a job should
be. Because we were involved in a live production, everyone had to stay on
their toes, but they all knew how to keep the mood lighthearted. I met many
great people and learned something new every day; it never got old for me. I
was able to stage manage, run the score bar that appears on TV, help out with
on-field interviews, and complete segments for my own reel. NESN taught me so
much and I appreciate all the opportunity the station has given me. Hanging out
at Fenway for the majority of the summer was in and of itself a great