There are many paths for a young, optimistic journalist to take on her path to a network anchor’s chair. While some can afford the advantage of nepotism, others toil for years by erecting a career in small and mid-sized markets before making the leap to the big show. It’s pretty much the plot of Anchorman.
But before even a greenhorn journo can begin reporting live from the Poughkeepsie livestock show, she must start as the lowest of the low rungs, a Production Assistant. This week’s local reporter spotlight shines on WHDH’s News Coordinator and aspiring entertainment reporter Breana Pitts. Because she's going places.
Don't let her current position as a News Coordinator fool you. Breana is a seasoned broadcasting vet on Boston's social scene, reporting on the area's entertainment source, Dirty Water TV.
When she was a student at Suffolk University, Breana earned the prestigious "Suffolk in the City" internship that made her a regular on the New England Cable News Network. No doubt I was featured in a couple of her liveshots during my runs up Beacon Street in the midst of the 2012 Presidential Campaign. Believe in America. Believe in Breana.
Only in broadcasting do you go backwards after internships, getting yanked from in front of the camera at the Red Sox victory parade to the cold news desk, listening to a police scanner.
As Breana is hustling on the news desk, she's out and about Boston keeping her ear to the streets. A true reporter is always working, even undercover.
Reporting can be dangerous. Luckily, Breana is expert at whipping her hair back and forth.
She's also been embedded in the U.S.'s burgeoning EDM scene. I wonder if she's familiar with work of Dee Jay Silver?
Breana hones her craft by reporting on her family's reaction to Patriots games. You can't find a more intense environment from which to report than being surrounded by Pats fans.
Keep up the stellar work, Breana. And never stop chasing your dream.