April 05, 2018
By: Kristi Fulkerson
I often get mistaken for a much younger version of myself...a rookie on the job or even a high school or college student shooting video for her school's video program. In fact, I graduated from college nearly 11 years ago (I can barely believe it myself). While I did go into my career at Millersville University (Lancaster, Pa.) as a Communication major with an option in Broadcasting, there was no guarantee it would pan out. Lucky for me, I was instantly hooked and feel fortunate to have made it my career. A picture from my college days popped up on my Timehop app recently and I was forced to reflect on where it all began: MUTV.
The campus television station was an opportunity to explore, fail, learn, and push on. A lesson in life, I suppose. With no experience as a freshman, I jumped in and soaked up as much as I could. As a sophomore, I decided to launch and produce a weekly sports show, In The Zone (it still exists on campus and has come a long way). With the help of many others, we managed to start small and build the show into something we could be proud of. By my junior year I was Station Manager of MUTV and loved being a part of many firsts with the club, including the first-ever LIVE broadcast -- I was the play-by-play announcer for a doubleheader of men's and women's basketball (and I hope that tape has long since been erased!).
I owe a lot to my experience at Millersville, specifically with MUTV and NBS (National Broadcasting Society). From learning the technical how-to's and jobs of all kinds, to working together as a team, and trying again
after failing miserably the first (and second and third) times. The hands-on experience was invaluable and looking back now, I'm pretty impressed with all the things we were able to accomplish.
Every day I try to continue to learn and grow as a professional. Now -- instead of juggling MUTV, classes, soccer, and a job -- I try to balance adult life and mom life, with a demanding work life! And even though I'm not on the sideline with the New York Giants (of course, that was the plan 11 years ago), I'm proud to be a part of a special team at TV2. Joining the party as a part-timer in 2012, the years have flown by. But one thing that's never changed is my love of the game (get it?) and the passion for what I do. Getting to know our local coaches, athletes, families, and community organizations, and telling their stories is the best part of every day on the job.