Natalie is KOAA News5’s Pueblo reporter, covering everything in the city! Upon graduation, Natalie packed up her car and headed for Creede, Colorado, to work on a dude ranch. She fell in love with the culture, people, and mountains in the Centennial State and knew that Colorado is where she wanted to begin her career as a journalist. Natalie’s excited to trade out the Carolina coast for Colorado snow and begin living out her long-time dream of working in news!
Natalie found her knack for journalism at 16-years-old through her high school’s weekly broadcasting program, where she produced, filmed, and anchored a show every Friday. Eager to see more of the country, Natalie left her hometown in Fort Mill, South Carolina, for her freshman year of college at the University of Alabama. Eventually, she returned to the Palmetto State and graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a degree in broadcast journalism. During her four years in college, Natalie interned for several media outlets, including Gamecock Productions, NBC Sports Washington, and placed in the top three finalists for “TV Sports Reporting” in the Society of Professional Journalists Southeast Region contest.
Some of Natalie’s most memorable pieces include a feature story on human trafficking in South Carolina, a rise in heat cases at the Fort Jackson military base, and interviewing former Panther’s Head Coach Ron Rivera for her award-winning story on football referees. Her special interests include military coverage and international work because she feels that exposure to different cultures is key to a more empathetic world. Natalie firmly believes in the good that journalism does for society when serving as a window into the lives of others and connecting people from all walks of life.
When Natalie is not working on story ideas, she probably still has a camera in hand because her main hobbies are creative photography and video editing! Some of her fondest memories are of traveling with photography-friends and taking photos in new cities. She is eager to camp and hike every chance she can in Colorado and loves getting to play her guitar around a campfire. Natalie is big into supporting local coffee shops and learning new, healthy recipes, so send over any recommendations!