Natalie Otto

Multi-Media Journalist

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I was born and raised in Kansas and am excited to be living out my dream as a multi-media journalist not far from home.

When I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in broadcast journalism I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I have to be honest and say I didn't know much about it other than that it looked like fun.

It wasn't until college that I discovered my true passion for the field.
I enrolled at Kansas State University, of course being the youngest child of a third generation K-State family I didn't have much choice. Not that I'm complaining, growing up having season tickets to the KSU football games since birth, being a K-Stater was in my blood. Even as a toddler, I used to take naps under the bleachers during every third quarter (Unfortunately, now I can sleep through anything, even the things I shouldn't). So naturally, I was excited to experience the school I had grown up on from the student perspective.

I was involved in several different journalism clubs and activities during my four years at the university. However, it wasn't until I started working as a reporter for our student newscast KKSU-LP-TV Channel 8 News that I was able to decide what I truly wanted to pursue within broadcasting. I have always had a passion for people and love hearing the stories that lie within every person and every place you go.

The amount of inspiring people, stories, and passions I have already got the pleasure of learning and sharing with the public are what have allowed me to truly love what I do, and I'm looking forward to hearing the stories of the people who call Topeka home.

As well as the people I have met through reporting, I have also experienced the most incredible adventures. Every day I am going to new places and experiences things I would never get the chance without my job. One of my craziest journalism adventures took place the summer after my junior year working as a journalist intern for an online news magazine in Santiago, Chile.

Working as a journalist in a country where I did not speak the language was definitely challenging, but anything that allows me to grow and learn from this world is an adventure I am willing to take. Although there were several challenges during my time in Chile, I learned so much about the country, it's people and was able to expand my journalism outlook on a global level.

Although I absolutely loved my time in Chile, I was working print and I couldn't help but notice how much I missed broadcasting. I was eager to get back in front of and behind the camera and begin my senior year.

During my first semester, I was the producer for K-State's Channel 8 news, producing our live newscast every other week. Although the experience was terrifying and overwhelmingly time-consuming, I learned so much and grew so much as a journalist and a leader. I developed a true appreciation for all aspects of the newsroom and learned why each member is so vital to making the newscast run smoothly.

On my off weeks of producing, I was either behind the studio desk anchoring or behind the control room desk directing, and of course running off to cover stories as a reporter whenever I got the chance. It was during my time anchoring that lead me to win first place in the TV News Anchor category from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. What an overwhelmingly amazing feeling to win an award for something you love doing so much.

As second semester rolled around I landed a gig similar to this one, working as an intern for a station in state's capitol, WIBW-TV. Most of my time spent as an intern included following around Daniela Leon, the current Manhattan Bureau reporter, and making my own versions of the stories we would cover. It was one of the stories I covered with Daniela that won me an honorable mention in the Complete News Feature category from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

I learned so much from Daniela and also learned that the people who make WIBW what it is are just as cool in person as they are on TV. I felt that my time as an intern for the station allowed me to learn what school could not teach me, and my admiration of the station only grew. Now that I am an official employee of the station I respect so much doing what I love to do so much, I truly feel blessed to be so close to officially wrapping up my degree and begin my career as a broadcast journalist.

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