Kevin Hurd Job Shadow

.           In November of 2011 Kevin Hurd joined the WEAU 13 News team as a multimedia journalist. He graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., close to where he grew up in the town of Sartell. While he attended the university he joined the campus TV station, UTVS News where he reported for, produced and anchored shows for several years. He also joined the campus radio station KTVS where he hosted a music show and a daily news show.

While he was part of UTVS News he covered stories about flooding in Fargo, North Dakota. He received the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for a radio documentary which he did on the state of the local economy. He was recognized by the Minnesota Associated Press for receiving the award.

He also interned for KARE-TV in Minneapolis while he was still in school and learned how to report stories. Later on in 2010 he interned for NBC News in Washington, D.C. When interning for NBC News he helped do some reporting on the presidential race, where he wrote daily stories for the station. He also wrote for MSNBC’s political blog.

Hurd says that being a reporter consists of putting in a lot of hours, including the weekends. The longest he has put in in a day is 18 hours. He typically starts his day at 2 p.m. and ends at around 9 or 10 p.m. But Fridays are a bit shorter and he typically ends earlier. He starts his day by sitting at his computer and checking his emails to come up with potential story ideas for the day. Then once he finds something interesting to do a story on he will pitch his ideas to the producer and other news anchors on the show and they decide what time they will be airing the story at.

Hurd also said that the equipment he used on campus to get footage for his stories when he was in school was a lot nicer than the equipment they use in the new stations. The equipment at the station is a lot older and bigger than what he used in college.

Even though he was new to the area he still made friends easily because of WEAU. Hurd says that everyone at WEAU is really close. They go out for drinks on the weekends and get together all the time so it makes work fun and more enjoyable.

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