I grew up in Edmonds, WA and graduated from WSU in 1979.
I wanted to work in television after a career day visit to KING TV when I was in the 8th grade. I knew I wanted to be a part of live TV but didn’t really know or understand which part of the business I was most interested in.
I thought I’d like to be a Director or Producer but after working a year at a Viacom Cable Access station in Lynnwood, WA where I produced and hosted a newsmagazine show, I found I was more interested in the technical side of broadcasting.
In 1980 I was a summer relief hire at KIRO TV where I learned how to run camera. I loved it and discovered I was pretty good at it. Then came some audio experiences. Once I saw the Production Switcher I knew I had to learn how to be a Technical Director. In those days that was not a job for “women” but I persisted and eventually became not only a studio TD and Director but a Sports TD.
I’ve had a seat at some of the most iconic sporting events in history: the first sporting event after 9/11 in NY , 8 Olympics, the Kentucky Derby, multiple Superbowls and watching Tiger walking up the 18th fairway for a Sunday win.
It’s been a wonderful journey and even though I’ve seen more women succeeding in the world of remote sports, we do not encourage women to pursue these jobs. There are more jobs in television besides Announcer or Sideline Talent. On just a C level NFL game there are 1 TD, 1 TM, 5 EVS ops, 2 Video ops, 4 Audio ops, 7 Cam ops 2 GFX ops, 9 Utilities and of course, the Engineers on the trucks. So while there may not be jobs in the traditional sense, there is still a lot of opportunity.