The past year has been a whirlwind, to say the least. The following are pictures and descriptions from a major event or milestone every month, but these are not all inclusive. So much happened this year and hopefully there’s more to follow in 2013!
JANUARY. THE REPUBLICAN DEBATE.
USF played host to NBC’s Republican Presidential Candidates Debate. That meant a 14-hour day for me, covering all aspects of the event. I met countless politicians and mingled with media from around the world. There were supporters, protestors and activists. It was glorious.
FEBRUARY. MISS VIDA BOHEME OF THE MANHATTAN BOHEMES.
This little girl came into my life unexpectedly. I heard a strange sound outside of my apartment, and she was at the bottom of the stares. We stared at one another, then she ran into my apartment. She’s never left.
MARCH. GRANDMA HILDA.
And with life, there is death. My Grandma Hilda passed away March 4 and in the week following I would learn so much about her, myself, life, death, family and Jewish traditions. We miss you, Grandma, and I’m so lucky to have had you for so long. I love you.
APRIL. NEW BEGINNINGS.
After two years of relentless resumes, countless demo reels, close calls and missed opportunities, I finally land a job in a newsroom. And it’s bigger and better than I could’ve ever imagined.
MAY. ANOTHER GOODBYE.
This time, not so finite. We send off our dearest Maggalah to bigger and better things in the Peach State. It’s bittersweet.
JUNE. PRESIDENT OBAMA.
Just two months into my new job and I get to be apart of a team covering the President’s speech at a local community college. BN9 took his speech live, and I was the woman behind the camera. I had a great photographer in my ear, guiding me and helping me out. It was truly an amazing experience.
Just a regular Florida day where someone calls the news because there’s lemurs running around their backyard. Apparently, the neighbors had some pet lemurs that got loose and ran around the neighborhood. Funny thing is, this is the SECOND time I’ve had the pleasure of filming lemurs. They’re really adorable.
AUGUST. THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION.
This pretty much sums up the entire week. Five days of 12 hour shifts where we’re shuttled into downtown because Secret Service has the place locked down. Tampa did not look the same and walking from point A to point B was damned near impossible. Trust me, we tried.
SEPTEMBER. ONE YEAR.
It takes a special kind of man to deal with my shenanigans. Brett is that kind of man. When he’s not helping me play dress up with my cat, he’s calming me down off my cliff of desperation or he’s going along with one of my crazy ideas. I love you, you crazy man you.
OCTOBER. MIA WALLACE AND VINCENT VEGA.
Did you order a five dollar shake? There were a few Mia Wallace-Vincent Vega costumes, but ours had the most blood and the best wigs.
NOVEMBER. THE ELECTION.
I don’t have any other pictures of our election assignment because we were that crazy busy. My reporter and I covered a local election, but for a 24-hour local cable news channel, that’s just as important. Live hits every hour with new elements, a restaurant way past capacity, and lots of yelling makes for a crazy night. Gotta love it.
DECEMBER. SPREADING CHEER.
I got to do a few holiday stories, but this one resonated with me the most. I rode with Lealman firefighters as they hand-delivered toys to less fortunate kids. One of the firefighters even dressed as Santa Claus, handing out candy canes accompanied with Ho! Ho! Ho!s. It was special to not only witness, but to document and share their joy.
Of course these twelve events can’t attest for everything that’s happend this past year. Other milestones are: my sister’s high school graduation, Brett’s nephew’s birth, Tropical Storm Debby coverage, moving to Polk … then back to Tampa two months later, and countless others.
I hope to accomplish even more this year, touch more lives and create more memories with those I love. Every day is precious — live life to the fullest!