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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.

You're a graduate student at Emerson College. Any connection to your name?

People are 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 me.

How did you get the internship at NESN?

I interned 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?

Right from 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 ideal job?

Ultimately, 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?

I 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?

Michelle 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.

What was your favorite part of your NESN internship?

I 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 experience!