Sunday, June 1, 2008
I just finished filming on Friday, for another story and what an adventure I had! The story is about teen drivers/ drag racing and how to race legally and safely in Arizona. It was amazing!!! I went out to Firebird International Raceway in
First I enjoyed the teen driving course, at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, where I was passenger in a skid car, raced down the track at about 100 MPH in a Corvette and got to drive my own little two-seater convertible. Then, I headed over to the track for Friday Night Drag. It was a free for all drag race, equipped with some of the fastest muscle cars, sports cars and motorcycles with racers from all walks of life. One car actually got over 132 MPH in about 11 seconds! I actually raced down the track myself, in a 2008 Mustang GT, hitting around 100 MPH in about 14 seconds. It had to have been one of my best life experiences to date. Needless to say, I overcame a fear of mine and had a blast while doing it. I am going to finish up the story this week and hope to have it posted by Friday. I cannot wait to share my amazing experience…
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Well this story is not about my pity, it actually has a different purpose all together. The internship I was working at offered my a full-time position. It is not exactly what I had hoped for when I accepted my diploma in front of thousands of people last year, but it’s something. Now I have begun thinking more about the path that I have taken. Maybe broadcasting for a news station is NOT my destiny. Maybe I had to take an internship to gain this knowledge… or maybe this is just a transitional stepping stone for me. I don’t know. But I do know that whatever the reason, I am learning to take things as they arise. To think that I almost turned down the internship in hopes of a job in Colorado, but I stuck it out and now things are coming together. I feel like for once I can breathe and have finally made the transition from college student, to unemployed, to full-time reporter for Arizona Capitol Television. Life is funny! I guess the moral is, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”
If you want to check out my website... KristinaSawicki.com
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
In the mean time I am working on Solana. The world's largest solar power plant being built in Gila Bend, AZ. It's about 70 miles outside out Phoenix and it is a billion plus project. Like always, I will keep you up-to-date and post my story when it's finished!
Have a great week.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I have been covering so many stories in the past few days- I feel like I am going a hundred miles a minute.
I am finishing up a previous story/new story on meth. I am really excited about it, I know that it will be a very touching and powerful piece.
I am also finishing up Spring Training this Friday. Plus getting my tape wrapped up and ready to go! Busy, busy, busy!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I'll post the story next week...
Saturday, February 23, 2008
And the reason for the vibes that are pulsating through me like gasoline... It's getting near that time! Time to apply for a job.
Technically I am working right now, a full-time job at that, but it is a temporary placement until May. I gave myself some personal deadlines- and the more and more I look at my calendar, the closer the deadlines are approaching. I have to send out five resume tapes by March 15Th. It may seem like I have a little while until my deadline, but actually it's just a few weeks away!
And the closer it gets the more uneasy I feel. I hated the rejection that I was faced with the last time. It does something to your ego when you just keep hearing NO. And although this time around I am feeling much more confident in my abilities... I have stronger stories, a new tape and am learning everything I need to know about the news business, plus the government, on top of meeting deadlines and digging for stories.
I just have the vibe rumbling in my heart again. And its telling me to get my hard hat on, cause it's not going to be any easier this time around.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I am also working on, not as exciting of a story, the traffic cameras throughout Arizona. If you haven't heard of or don't know what I am talking about... Arizona highways and city streets (not all, but the number is growing) are equipped with photo radar cameras, to issue citations for speed or red light running. And a new bill passed a few days ago, permitting 170 more cameras popping up all around Phoenix. I am doing a chain reaction based story, from start to finish, beginning with the actual picture, the ticket, to the fees and classes.
It's not as heart warming as the CASA program, but a side note and interesting point, the Governor of Arizona is proposing that these cameras serve as a tool to balance the budget. I sat in on a meeting the other day and the number of tickets that is needed to balance our budget, if the tickets around $200 a piece, would be a over five hundred thousand... interesting concept to balance the budget???
Friday, February 8, 2008
Here it is! I had such a blast covering the Presidential Primaries as grueling as it may have been- it was amazing! For some reason the same story is on this clip twice, so don't waste your time watching it again.
Now on to my next story… The CASA Program.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Keep up on the Primary race results for yourself, its getting down to the wire...
Thursday, January 31, 2008
His speech focused on change, hope and unity in America. The energy was very upbeat and positive. I am getting so excited for the election- it really is something so amazing, its truly going to make history forever! I feel so blessed to be a part of something so historic. I will be following the election until the very end- please vote! Have a voice.
Obama in Arizona
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
My whole day wasn't stressful- I sat down with both the Democrat and Republican chairs today, to interview them about the Presidential Primaries. Both interviews went really well and now all I have left to do is cover the actual Presidential Primary, next Tuesday.
Lesson of the day: For every bad, there is some good.
Keep you posted on Duke's progress and the Primaries!
Monday, January 21, 2008
A few things struck me today. I am watching Oprah and the entire show is devoted to the history of segregation and Martin Luther King. As I listen to the many stories of hardship and struggle, my mind began turning and thinking about how lucky I truly am. Not only was I born into a country with endless opportunities, but I am a white woman, with an education and promise. As I watch Oprah and try to grasp the stories of the days when it was blacks vs. whites, I cannot understand how people could once be so divided.
Now why I am so lucky... I was born to two teenage parents, with no college education and one a high school drop-out, who both came from very broken homes. It was written in the sand that I would become a teenage mother myself, a high school drop-out and another victim of circumstance. I wasn't. Actually, the opposite happened. I never had a child, I didn't drop out of school and I graduated from college. Then it dawned on me... that is exactly how it should have ended up! Because even though I was born into a situation that I could not change or did not ask for- there was nothing that was standing in my way, other than circumstance. There was no reason that I should have become a victim to what I could not change. I remember sometimes feeling so terrible because I didn't have nice clothes, my mom didn't drive a nice car, or whatever- the truth is, who cares.
I was never not allowed to use a bathroom because of my skin color. I was never denied riding a bus, going to school, drinking from a water fountain, that was never an issue! So now looking back- I am thankful for everything that I didn't have and all the things I did. Because I was born free and that is pretty lucky. Finally, to all the African-Americans, not just Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, but all who marched, fought, lost their lives, and were left filled with hatred, thank you. For you have taught this country more than you will ever know. You have taught me personally to fight for what you believe in and with that you can accomplish mountains. You have taught me to never let circumstance stand in your way!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The new job is going great and I have a ton of things I am already working on. I am traveling to Jerome, AZ, to do a piece on the history of the town. I am covering the Super Bowl, among a million legislative goodies- session starts Monday.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
I begin working at the Senate tomorrow and I cannot tell you how excited I am. I have been waiting a long time to get into a news room and get my feet wet. I have already thought of a million stories and am praying John McCain goes past the primary election- so I can hopefully score an interview and represent Arizona to its best degree. I have been super busy, that explains why I have not posted in a while, preparing for the Senate.
On a side note... It's the New Year and I know that 2008 has a lot in store, for everyone! And I have to say looking back on 2007, a lot happened, and I feel like it was a tough year for a lot of people. I hope that the economy and the world starts shaping up. Happy New Year and New Beginnings!
Friday, December 7, 2007
I just felt like the list could have been a little more, shall I say, interesting. I was expecting the list to include two of the Presidential Hopefuls, Obama and Hillary Clinton. Instead, Bill made the list? And the Beckham's... very interesting, if you are into the celebrity gossip and paparazzi thing (sadly I am). But, are they really all that fascinating?
My hopes for the list... I wanted to see a teenager who was saving his/her allowance for the starving children in Africa. Or the teacher in Sudan who is being sentenced to 40 slashes for naming a stuffed bear Muhammad. Maybe I am being harsh, I just wanted a little more depth. There are millions of fascinating people in the world, who are not the stars of Grey's Anatomy or Don Imus, a radio host who offend an entire basketball team. I just wanted to see someone else make the list with something truly fascinating to offer! Just a thought, give me yours...
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Please read up on this story and give me your thoughts...
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I have busted my butt, sent out hundreds of tapes, made a thousand calls, and have had two job offers. One that I turned down, because it just wasn't what I wanted! Wow... what was I thinking? I have a bit of advice to all you recent grads or college seniors. Nobody in this business is going to give you a break, because you're cute, smart or a good writer. It doesn't matter (sure it all helps in the long run), you have got to work hard and start now. Determination comes with success, hard work gets you noticed, and not giving up will get you the job. Take it from me.
The irony of it all... I have finally followed my own advice and now I am going to have to choose a job! What a great feeling!
A few places to get you started...
Sunday, October 28, 2007
A billion dollars in damage and seven reported dead. Not to mention the 1800 homes lost in the blaze. And still thousands more are still in danger of being destroyed.
Thank you to all the firefighters who are risking and saving lives!
Take a look at how much damage has been done.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I have been thinking about how weird some things are in life. And one that I would like to share with you about my life... I have a friend that is going into the same field of work as me, I mention her a few times in my postings, but we share a lot of our trials, triumphs and stories together about this very difficult business. She is a senior in college and I have already graduated. The thing is she met a news reporter at her internship a few years ago and her name is Karen Schaler. Karen has really helped my friend in so many ways. My friend is already ten steps ahead of me and she is still in school. At first, I was very envious until my friend introduced me to Karen, and my life too begun to change. Although I am already graduated and thought I would have a job already. I feel like this was supposed to happen this way. Karen was supposed to enter my life when I was getting fed up and let down. For whatever reason, she just was. Now I have a plan and goals for myself. She didn't give me any breaks, it was all up to me, but she gave me the inspiration I needed.
So I want everyone who is struggling, angry, upset, depressed, fed up, whatever you are feeling about life or finding a job, hang in there! I promise that it just works out. It might not be the way you had anticipated, but it just works out!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Today I have my first meeting at the Arizona Senate. I cannot tell you how great it is to be a state reporter covering the many issues facing Arizona and the government. I get to work closely with Senators and Representatives. Plus I will be covering the 2008 election and of course, the progress of Arizona's own, John McCain.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I have to admit that I have not been watching the news lately. Which is weird for me considering I am a news junkie. I am always wanting to know what is going on in my city and around the world. But "news people" watch the news in a completely different way then the "average" person. What I mean is, when I watch the news I focus on voices, packages, live shots, how the anchor looks and sounds. Not to criticize, but to learn. I find a reporter and/or anchor that I like and I try my best to learn how they do what they do.
I am a huge fan of Kaley O'Kelley (ABC 15). She is the weather personality, but she used to host Sonoran Living Live, when I started at ABC. She has such a charisma about her that I would watch her intensely when the show was on and try to figure out how she was so comfortable talking to the guests (no matter the subject). What I realized is Kaley would just act like herself. Bubbly, full of energy, and excited for whatever the story was, and that made her and the show great. When I started out reporting, I used to write down questions, spend hours talking out loud, working on my voice, and now I just go where the interviewee takes me. If I get stumped... I revert back to Kaley, and pull out my personality. I too am bubbly, outgoing, full of energy, and it just feels right.
So while I wait to hear the job news... I'll try to watch more news, so when the call comes I am ready! And my personality will pull me through.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I see how I have been attracting things into my life that I never thought had anything to do with me. So now I am thinking and feeling different about the way things happen to me. I am aware of my feelings and thoughts, more than ever before. I am confident that I am going to get the job that fits me best. I have an interview on Wednesday with the Arizona Senate, to be a reporter/producer, for the Arizona Legislative Broadcast Group. I hear about another job in Grand Junction tomorrow or Friday. I cannot tell you how happy I am. How hard I have been working and the whole time I thought, why? Why am I not getting a job? Why doesn't anyone give me a chance? I know that I can do it! I know that I am great! I know that I have what it takes!
It was because I was keeping myself down. I am telling you read the book, The Secret. I assure you- it will have a impact on how you look at your life and how you feel about your life's situations. It did for me.
For now I am waiting to get the call offering me the job... I will let you all know when I am packing up and moving out.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I met with the Maricopa District Supervisor, Don Stapley, yesterday regarding the Arizona Meth Project. I have to tell you that meth is a very devastating drug that is creeping up on our youth. I have really hit the ground running with stories, working on one almost every weekend. I have been so blessed to have the chance to still work on stories and improve my talents day by day. My future endeavor is going to be illegal immigrants here in Arizona. I am trying to find an actual illegal to interview... and get their perspective on coming to the United States. That should be a great story- keep you posted of my progress.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007