Anna Logan, Television Sports Reporter, Cheyenne, Wyoming
What years you were on Channels staff and which positions did you hold?
2013-2014. I was on the sports beat, covering football, baseball and soccer games. This was my first time covering sporting events. I was an athlete as an adolescent but had never written about any sport. It was definitely a change and surprisingly it did not come naturally. The Channels helped me understand how to write about sports and created the foundation for my sports reporting career.
From which four-year college or university did you graduate?
California State University, Northridge. I chose CSUN because of its broadcasting program. I knew I wanted to use a microphone instead of a pen to report on sport, and CSUN’s broadcasting program looked promising and ended up proving me right.
What is your current position and notable past positions?
I’m a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor for a CBS-affiliate in Cheyenne, Wyoming, KGWN, NewsChannel 5.
They say you pay your dues in your first job, and boy, am I paying them! During the week I serve as the station's sports reporter, which means going to Cheyenne’s local high schools and grabbing footage of any prep games (Volleyball, Soccer, Football, Track and Field, Wrestling, and Basketball). I will then cut the footage into highlights and write a script that goes along with it. I also do live shots before and after games.
On the weekend, I do the same thing but I also serve as the weekend sports anchor. So I am doing everything you have read, plus creating a 2:30 to 4 minute show for our 5:30 and 10 program. I write all the content in my own show and have to post at least two web stories per day.
As for past positions, while I was on The Channels, I interned for KSBY in Santa Maria. When I moved to Los Angeles for CSUN, I was an intern for a small news station in Santa Clarita. My last year of college, I was lucky enough to get an internship at CBS Los Angeles (KTLA) in the Sports Department. Internships, internships, internships!!!!! I can’t say it enough. It’s not enough anymore to just go to school; you have to prove to your employers you have real life experience.
Why The Channels?
You know where it all starts? The Channels.
I was an athlete as an adolescent but had never written about any sport. It was definitely a change and surprisingly it did not come naturally. The Channels helped me understand how to write about sports and created the foundation for my sports reporting career.
I may have graduated from CSUN, but I use the writing tools that I learned at The Channels way more than I use anything that I learned at Northridge. I’ll be writing a quick online ports blurb for our website and Patricia will be in my head telling me, “Don’t bury the lead.”
If it weren’t for The Channels, I would have ZERO writing experience and no knowledge of how to write a proper article. I must admit, I was very stubborn at first. I knew I wanted to be a sports reporter who was in front of the camera and didn’t like writing at all. It wasn’t until I started at CSUN that I realized how valuable and important my time was at The Channels. I would sit in class and think, “UGH! This is annoying, I don’t even want to be a writer…why am I doing this.” And it wasn’t until CSUN and my first job that I said, “OMG, thank you thank you thank you, Patricia, for pushing me and molding me into a sports writer.”
The Channels was also the foundation for my very first internships, that eventually lead to the biggest one of them all at CBS in Los Angeles. They saw I was an active writer for The Channels and was working on my reporting. The articles you write (or will write) for SBCC’s newspaper are KEY to your future. Sure, they may not win the Nobel Prize. But they will add up to create a
And I’ll tell you a secret: Not many students around the country in community college can say they write for an active, notable newspaper.
One last thing. I may have graduated from CSUN, but I use the writing tools that I learned at The Channels way more than I use anything that I learned at Northridge. I’ll be writing a quick online ports blurb for our website and Patricia will be in my head telling me, “Don’t bury the lead.”
How can students learn more about you?
On weekends I post web stories to our website:
Kgwn.tv …click on “Sports”
Here is the link to a reel I had to make for the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters: It’s a compilation of my live shots, anchoring over the last 8 months with KGWN: