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Kate Amara

"Originally, thought I wanted to be a feature writer, but then got interested in television."

As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

Originally, thought I wanted to be a feature writer, but then got interested in television.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

Did some information interviews and then got an internship at NECN. Did it full time for the summer. Worked for a reporter doing production work. Enterprised stories (came up with ideas), coordinated the whole piece, went out on the field for live shots, did some writing. Learned a lot. The reporter I worked for was a "bear" and I basically got the job because everyone else refused to work with him. Finally, I said "you've got to give me a real job."?

How did you get your big breaks?

Was just aggressive. Was offered a PA position for the weekends. Ended up doing a little of everything, not just PA work. Because NECN is non-union, I could get hands-on experience in lots of things. Not like the networks or CNN. I also worked a lot on NECN's web site, enterprising computer stories. Also did some field producing for big events.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

One thing I definitely believe is that you can't burn any bridges. Everyone moves so much, and it helps to have contacts as many places as possible. Relationships are very important in this business.?

What have you learned from your experience?

There's also a lot of pressure to perform. It's a very competitive industry, and someone is always waiting in the wings to steal your job so you've got to excel. ?

What most excites you about your job right now?

8:30pm rolls around and you don't even know it. It's so fast-paced. You're always doing something and there's new stuff to work with every day.

On a scale of 1-10, how relevant was your academic major to your career? (1=not at all, 10=absolutely essential)


What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

Eventually would love to be an anchor. In the near future, would like to produce a cool show on WGBH or something like Chronicle--less news. But also interested in reporting. Would be nice to have one story to work on and really focus on every day rather than 20. But would have to move to one of the smaller markets and start there--not an easy transition from producing.

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