I get up at 2 a.m. every morning and usually make a big breakfast!
Pick a matching shirt/tie combo -- blue wins today.
First thing I do when I get to work is check with Mel Taylor at the assignment desk to find out what story I am working on and if there is any breaking news.
I check in with Bob at the feed room to see where everyone is going live this morning. Clearly we are over-dramatizing the moment!
Then I check in with 5 a.m. producer Veronica Crespo to talk about my story. Today, I am covering flooding from Tropical Storm Nicole.
I tell her, "No, I will not go live at 5 a.m.!" By her expression you can tell she knows I am joking. :)
Next I meet with my partner in crime for the morning, Lani Carrier. She finds the best flooding video to use for our story and we are off to Aventura!
We go live for the 5 and 6 a.m. shows at a shopping complex where there is nearly a foot of water standing.
I get to work with Eddie Shultz, our engineer this morning, who tunes in our live shot and makes sure we have a clear signal back to the station.
After a quick mic test, both Lani and I are ready to go live!
I am showing how deep the water is in this spot -- need to wear boots today!
After the 5 a.m. hit - I start updating my story , send webscripts and work with Lani to advance our story for the 6 a.m. news
This is the view from my perspective of what I see when I go live.
6 a.m. live shot
We get our next assignment. We're heading to Jungle Island!
Nearly 1,000 students are meeting with police to launch a campaign to end teen violence.
Before we leave, I stop to talk to one of the locals at Jungle Island -- no, don't eat the microphone!
Before I can finish the interview, we are rushed to breaking news!
Turns out the storm caused this massive tree to crash down. We arrive at the scene at 11:30, grab a couple quick interviews and get ready to go live at noon!
Eddie sets up the truck and we get dialed in. We are the top story at 12!
Before I go live, I go over what I am going to say.
After the noon liveshot, I grab a quick lunch and then hit the gym.
I work out every day. It's weights today, then I will hit the treadmill to run a bit.
After the gym, I watch the 6 p.m. news, then go to bed around 7 p.m.
This is the view of Brickell from my balcony. I get some sleep, then start my day over again! I love my job and I have awesome co-workers that make every day a lot of fun!
On Saturday, 32-year-old Lourdes Ruiz walked out of the home police say is dirty and filled with garbage -- conditions they say are unfit for her three children.
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