My name is Liz and I am a 24 year reporter at KMVT News in Twin Falls, Idaho! I love to laugh, to love, and to engage in romance novels! I believe in magic, and I believe that everything happens for a reason!
1 Year ago on this very day, I started working at KMVT. I remember I was so nervous walking in that day, wanting to make sure I would make a good first impression.
It was the greatest decision ever to take this job, not only have I learned a lot about being a good journalist, but also about life.
Moving here was hands down the hardest thing I have ever done. I had just graduated college, and I left everything I had ever known and worked for to move here. I was lonely and sad, and some days I still am. But, most days I love it.
I used to be the type of person who was always working towards my next goal. Whatever I was doing wasn’t good enough, it could be better, I could be better. And while I still have goals and dreams, I have realized that if I live like that I will never be happy with where I am right now.
I love living in Idaho. It’s beautiful, the people are some of the nicest I have ever met, and there is so many fun things to do.
This job is stressful, there is so much that could go wrong, and I don’t want to do a bad job. But, the best thing that I ever could have done is plan ahead. I know I contradict myself, because I also say to live in the moment, but if you don’t plan ahead, you won’t get your work done in time, and make it in time for the shows.
I do miss my home in Massachusetts, but at the same time, I have made a home here, with people who I love.
The most important thing I have learned since moving here is everything works out. Maybe not what you imagined or pictured in your head, but sometimes even better. I love working here at KMVT News, and I love living here in Idaho, and I am excited to see what my future holds, but for now… I’m just going to be happy.
Hi friends. Recently, I realized that spring is definitely my favorite season. I love how everything comes to life again, how I can feel the sun on my face, I love the flowers blooming, but it isn’t too hot out yet. I love spring, it makes me happy.
You know what else I love? Seeing beautiful sights in nature.
Over the last few weeks I have taken pictures of pretty things I have seen while I was out walking my dog, or getting B-Roll for my stories and they will be in this blog, check it out!!
I hope you liked looking at the beautiful pictures as much as I did! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well!! I was talking to Andrea and Andrew on Tuesday, and they said how I should document one day in my life and make a blog post about it, so that’s what I did. Throughout the day Tuesday I took notes, took pictures and well… here we are.
I get to work at a different time every day, it depends on when I set up my interviews and all of that, but on Tuesday, I got to work at 10:30 in the morning, clearly just out of the shower.
I have a great set up figured out for how I conduct my online interviews.
Even though I can do all my interviews over the internet, I still have to go out and get B-Roll!
My boss told me to wash one of the KMVT cars while I was out, which is one of my favorite things to do.
Lately, I’ve been craving chicken all the time, so after the car wash, I headed to get Chic-Fil-A before I start editing.
After I ate my food, I started editing. Editing can be very tedious, but somedays it pays off. On this day, I loved my stories. It took me about 3 hours to finish all my editing, but it was worth it. Everyone has a different editing rhythm, but I have found one that works for me.
After I lay down my voice and finish all my B-Roll, I have to export!
After I finish all my editing and writing and exporting, I have to start my web stories.
The station has been weird lately, many people are working from home, and all the stories have been related to the virus in some way or another, but we are doing our best!
After my web stories are written, I have to wait until the show is over to clip my videos, so they will be on the website.
It was around 7 o’clock when I finished all my work and went home to see… my pup pup Jackson.
I made my dinner, which was just leftovers and sat down at my table by myself to eat it while I watch some Netflix. My nightly routine.
Now, this was just my Tuesday, and the thing is that I never really know how my day is going to go when I get to work. There are so many unknowns. A few weeks ago we had an earthquake 8 minutes before the 6 p.m. newscast and had to change our shows. One night, there was a house fire at 8 p.m, so it’s random and you just never know what your day will hold.
Then I got ready for bed, took Jackson out to go to the bathroom once more, and went to sleep.
Hello all, Let’s talk about something fun, something adorable, something handsome. My puppy Jackson.
I adopted Jackson from the Twin Falls Animal Shelter in the end of July, and that was the best choice I made since moving here. He is 1 years old now, or at least that is what everyone thinks, since he was adopted, I just picked a birthday and made it his.
Jackson is just so cute.
He has no respect for your personal space. He hates being alone, he never wants me to leave.
The best thing about him is he just loves life, no matter what we do, he is happy and ready to do it. A walk, the dog park, sleep, playing with his toys, he is ready and excited.
The best thing about dogs, is they just live in the moment, whatever is going on right now is all that they care about. Which is probably the thing that I am the worst at. I wish I was better at it, but I’m not.
So thank you baby boy Jackson for always being my best friend.
Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well, I am very sorry that I haven’t written a blog in a while, but here I am ready to get back to it!
As you all know, I am living the dream here in Twin Falls, Idaho as a reporter for KMVT News. That may sound sarcastic, but I mean every word of that! I love this job!
I have officially worked here for 4 months now! June 17th-Oct 17th!
I have covered so many interesting stories.
I got a dog! Jackson and I were made for each other, he is so hyper and is always up for an adventure, but he also loves a good nap now and then! I adopted him from the Twin Falls animal shelter.
I am so much happier and so much less lonely with him here!
My Mom came to visit, and so did my Dad!
Now, if anyone is reading this who is a senior in college, or is looking for a job, I have some tips that I have learned since I started this job!
Number 1: Take it day by day, it’s important to look ahead and have goals, but so much can change so quickly, so it’s important to just take it day by day.
Number 2: Really throw yourself into wherever you move to. For me, it’s Southern Idaho. I really have embraced the culture here, and I think the viewers can tell who tries to understand what is important here. Being a reporter isn’t about me, it’s about the viewers, so I try to do stories that matter to them, like Friday night football, or farming stories. Those things matter to them, so that is what I do.
Number 3: Don’t take everything so seriously. This job can really be kind of sad, when I go cover house fires, or car crashes, or people that lost their job, I get sad and I feel so bad for those people. I try to not take my own life so seriously and just have fun too.
Number 4: This job can kind of make you want to be a mean person, because a lot of people will be mean to you. Sometimes, I am driving back from a story, and I think, wow that person was so nice to me, and really made me feel welcome at their house/store/farm. I realize that being a nice, kind, caring, selfless person is way more important than what type of job you have because I remember those people, and I never remember the mean/annoying/rude ones.
Since being here my goal of life has changed. My goal is just to be nice and kind and have people feel good when they are around me.
Anyways, I hope you all are doing well. Have a great day!
Hello friends! Liz here! So much has been going on in my little world lately, I thought you’d all like to see what is going on in my crazy world!
Well, on May 19th, 2019, I graduated from college!
Then, on June 10th, Mom and I started our drive across the entire country. From Easton MA to Twin Falls, Idaho in 6 days! What a long, tiring, beautiful 6 days!
On June 17th, I started my new job as a Reporter at KMVT News here in Twin Falls, Idaho. I started on June 17th, and on that same day I moved into my new apartment.
Then, two weeks later, I got stitches.
I lost my phone on the side of the highway covering a car crash, and I was phone less for 5 days. I went live on air for the first time.
I am covering all sorts of stories here, and it’s very hard to do. I get sad sometimes when the story is sad, and some days I don’t do a very good job, but I am trying, that’s for sure.
This whole new life out here is very different for me. I’m all alone, I don’t have any friends, and I’m working at my first job out of college, literally right out of college. It’s hard and overwhelming, but it’s also good and challenging and I’m learning so much.
Life out here is so different than Boston. For one, there is no public transportation, which is how I got around back home. Second, things aren’t open on Sunday’s and things close early. People here more just enjoy their day, which is hard for me to do. I’m learning.
It’s very beautiful though. There is a lot of beautiful outdoor adventures that I have been going on, which I love.
So, if you want to visit me here, let me know! I have a nice big apartment you can stay in, and we can go kayaking, and swimming and biking and you can come to the studio!
Now, hopefully you already know about my obsession for Derek Hough, because if you don’t that would make this blog post less dramatic.
So, let’s assume you do. You know all about how I became obsessed with Derek Hough in 11th grade, and ow I have been to every one of his tours including his show at the Radio City Music Hall, and I have even met him 6 times.
On April 23rd, my love for him and his talents was expressed again, as I attended Derek Hough Live!! The Tour! Now, let me tell you, this was my 7th time seeing Derek, and truly each time they get better.
Derek Hough is magic. His show was funny, his show was beautiful, his show was moving, his show was magical. I wasn’t Elizabeth Hadley the stressed out senior in college with zero free time. I was just Elizabeth, happy and free.
The way that Derek can transition from tap to contemporary to salsa to hip hop to the tango in minutes is amazing. He is one of the most talented people to walk this earth, who is actually really genuine and humble.
The thing that gets me about Derek the most is that he never takes his success for granted. He even said so himself. He said, every night I come up on stage and I always feel like I have to earn it. I have to earn that I get to do this every single night, and I love doing it. Derek was born to be on stage, and how lucky is he that he gets to do what he was put on this earth to do.
I got to meet Derek before hand, and this was my sixth time meeting him. He is just such a beautiful soul.
I asked him what he wishes he knew when he was 22 like I am.
He said, well, I wish I knew that you don’t have to have your life figured out when you are 22. I also wish that I knew that you are who you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with people who are hard working and nice, you will want to be like them. I love that he said that, and it was such a nice thing to say to me.
The best part of Derek’s show was the backup dancers. WOW! They are talented! They seemed so grateful and happy that they got to be up on that stage and performing alongside such a talented dancer like Derek. But, they are just as talented!
The message of Derek’s show was simple. You. Are. Enough. Just. As. You. Are.
So, in case you needed to hear that today, there you go. You are enough, and you always have been and always will be enough. Just as you are. Never doubt that you aren’t.
Now, you may remember that my first ever blog post was recapping my fabulous week volunteering in Gulfport, MS. Well, another spring break has come and gone, and guess what that means, another ASB trip has come and gone. This time, in Battle Creek MI.
I must admit, I was very nervous for this year’s ASB trip. For one, because I knew it was my going to be my last one, and I really wanted it to be one I would love! Second, I was the leader of this particular trip, and I really wanted all my training, planning and prepping to pay off. Mostly, I just wanted everyone in my group to have the best time, and to love ASB as much as I do.
Well, despite a few hiccups, it couldn’t have gone any better! My group got along so well, we all loved being with each other, hanging out and laughing. The site we were at were awesome, and they always had something for us to do. From hanging dry wall, to building a wheelchair ramp, to digging a trench in the rain, we really got our hands dirty (literally and figuratively).
My favorite part about ASB is that each year I go (this was my third year) I come back from the trip a little different. Sophomore year, I realized that I was a lot braver than I thought I was.
Junior year I realized that most people are awesome, if you just give them a chance.
And this year, senior year, I realized that I can’t put a timeline on my life. I feel as though this entire semester, I have been thinking, 4 months until graduation, that means only 4 months left to get a job, and I need to get my reel done, and I need to make sure I spend enough time with my friends. But, being in Battle Creek, I realized that I can’t be putting this timeline on myself, because life happens the way that life is supposed to happen.
I came back from ASB feeling like my week mattered, like I spent it with people who are awesome, I got to experience a new place I probably would never have gone, and I got to help people who need help. I love my new friends, I loved learning and working and I just love ASB
Now, I have to say, that I know I’m not like most people, but I think that’s a good thing, I care about other people more than myself, I always say as long as everyone else is happy, I’m happy. And, I know that my life will work out, even if it’s not on the timeline that I always thought it would. I think everyone should try ASB at least once. It’s an experience that you won’t regret.
One week ago I was in Vegas with Andrea and Andrew. I had never been to Vegas before this trip, so I honestly had no idea what to expect! I was nervous, because I don’t do well when I veer off of my normal routine, but I think I came back a little bit stronger and better, because I stepped out of my comfort zone! I figured I would give a quick recap of the trip here, in case anyone wants to know just how CRAZY it was!!
We landed in Vegas at 1:30 a.m. Vegas time, which was 4:30 a.m. Boston time. The time change really messed me up, both ways.
Friday was our first real day, and we went to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon! I loved it! It was beautiful!
Friday night we went to this crazy street called The Freemont, it was basically like Times Square meets Hampton Beach meets a club. It was all outside. People were zip lining over our heads, bands were playing, and everyone was just having a good time.
Saturday we slept in until 11 am, we really needed that. After we went out to the Flamingo Hotel because I love flamingo’s and they had a wildlife habitat of flamingos! We walked the Linq and then Andrew and Andrea had to go get ready for Lady Gaga at her residency at the Park MGM.
I stayed in the Air B’N’B while they went to Lady Gaga and met up with them afterwards to go on the High Roller, the biggest Observation Wheel in the world! It had 360 Degree views of Vegas.
Then we got nachos because its it’s one am in Vegas and you want Nachos, you can get nachos.
The next day was Sunday, SUPERBOWL DAY!! Now, if you don’t know me, you wouldn’t know, but the Super Bowl is one of my favorite days! But, we were in Vegas, so we had to do some research to really see where we could watch, and where wasn’t going to be too much money, because most places were charging 300-400 dollars to get in! But we found this awesome place to watch it right near the Freemont, called the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. It was free to get in, but the food and drinks you had to pay for! It was like a giant watch party tailgate!
We had the best time meeting other Patriots fans and cheering so loudly! Fun fact, I even got interviewed by the local news when I was there!
But Andrew and Andrea had Lady Gaga on Sunday night too, so they were changing and getting ready in the 4th quarter, and I was still cheering them on! They stayed to watch them win and then left right after, but I stayed with all the Patriots fans that I met!
We met up again after they went to the show, and walked around the casinos and saw the fountains at the Bellagio and eventually went to bed around 2.
Monday was our last day. I think 4 days in Vegas is the perfect amount of time. We saw enough, we had enough fun, and I think we were all ready to go back home and get back to reality. Vegas is truly un-like anywhere else I have ever been, honestly I can’t describe it, it’s just one giant party all the time on the Strip, but if you go a little off the strip, it’s quite poor.
Monday we had to carry our suitcases with us all day since our flight wasn’t until 9:50 that night. The Venetian was beautiful!
We had fun taking pictures with the Vegas sign! We even saw someone taking their wedding photos there!
The whole trip was so fun, I am so glad that we decided to go and just have a fun weekend. I never do spur of the moment things, and this trip wasn’t spur of the moment, but what we did while we were there was super un-planned, but I think that made it even better! I hope I have many many more adventures with Andrea and Andrew for the rest of my life!!
Then, we landed at 6 am on Tuesday morning, and went to the Patriots Parade! What a great way to ease myself back in to Boston!