Anita Blanton is an phenomenal news anchor and journalist that I have admired for the last few years. The first time I watched Anita Blanton on the news I was immediately drawn to her infectious personality and by the way she carried herself. She then became my favorite news anchor! From that moment on I always made sure that I never missed watching her segments on the news! Fun fact: She and I share the same birthday!
On last Wednesday I had the amazing opportunity to shadow her. It was by far one of the most amazing experiences that I’ve ever had. The entire day was everything that I imagined and more!
Anita welcomed me with her infamous smile along with a hug! She took me on a tour of the news station and introduced me to just about everyone that worked there. Not only was every single person that I met at WAVY News 10 so nice, but they gave great advice and were genuinely interested in learning a little about me. All throughout the day Anita explained different aspects of her job and went into detail about how things were done. I got to see and experience how a news station runs on a daily basis, along with how everyone works together to get the job done. I especially loved being on set and watching Anita along with the other anchors report the news live. It was one of my favorite moments of the day!
At the end of the day Anita and I sat down where she then went on to share her career journey with me. She discussed her great moments, hardships, and most of all she kept it real. I truly appreciated her honesty and sharing so freely about her career. Not only did she give me excellent advice, but she intently listened when I expressed and shared different things with her. One thing that she said that stuck with me was to make sure that I made the best decisions for myself and to enjoy my journey along the way.
I am truly grateful for Ms. Blanton for giving me the opportunity to shadow her! I can definitely say that this was one of the most amazing moments that I’ve had in college. It was an experience that I will cherish for a lifetime.