St. Louis, MO
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in July 2005 at age 21. After nearly 10 years in the TV business as a news anchor and reporter, I decided to share my story with the public in November 2014 when I left the anchor desk to pursue a career in Corporate Communications. I started a a blog in July 2016 (on the 11th anniversary of my diagnosis) entitled Lights, Camera, Crohns--An Unobstructed View. I share new content each Monday and aim to provide hope despite the unknowns of the disease. I became a mom in March 2017 and have shared the journey of my high risk pregnancy with my readers and online community. Between my television and PR background and my experience as a patient firsthand, I feel I have the skills necessary for speaking about the illness whether it's in front of a large crowd or on camera. I am confident in my knowledge and it does my heart good to offer hope to those who are struggling with their illness. I feel this is the perfect platform for me to help others.
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Natalie is responsible for drafting communications documents for internal employees.Her main focus is working on a weekly newsletter called "The Source." Along with the e-newsletter she has the chance to interview co-workers and write articles for the company intranet ranging from industry news to community outreach efforts. Along with "The Source," she's responsible for writing articles for the company newspaper, "Spire Connection."
Natalie's job role enables her to continue to share her love for writing and journalism while connecting with co-workers across all departments in the corporate setting. Given her news background, Natalie also helps with external communications to aid in media outreach and relations.
Natalie co-anchored "Sunrise this Morning" on ABC Newschannel 20, Monday-Friday from 5-7 a.m. and co-anchored "Good Day Illinois" on FOX from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Then, she produced and solo anchored the Midday show at 11. Prior to becoming Midday anchor, she reported Monday-Friday for the evening shows.
Natalie worked with several clients and provided media relations guidance and help with event planning.
Client work included: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Chicago Career Tech, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Willis Foundation, Nicor, HBO, Education Under Fire and After School Matters.
Natalie's responsibilities included: Media relations with local and national outlets; media materials development; event coordination and volunteer coordination; and social media.
Natalie solo anchored and co-anchored Wake Up Wisconsin, Monday-Friday. It's the number one rated morning show in central/northern in Wisconsin. Natalie also reported on a variety of issues..ranging from medical breakthroughs to educational stories.
When the cameras were off, Natalie was a board member with the North Central March of Dimes group, a Council member for United Way's Emerging Leaders program, a high school and club soccer coach, and a spokeperson for DonateLife, an organization that gets the word out about the importance of organ donation.
Natalie was responsible for producing the 6 and 10 p.m. evening newscasts, and was later promoted to nightside reporter.
06/12/2017 - 08/13/20175.0
Natalie is an excellent communicator and writer who understands the world of journalism as well as anyone. She was always responsive to our requests, even after hours when there was no expectation she'd be working. We look forward to working with her on other projects that require media and PR expertise.
08/14/2017 - 12/11/20174.5
Natalie provided an exceptional work ethic and immediately acclimated to our team workflow. Through her industry knowledge and background she was able to support our PR effort in successfully pitching to local media, podcasts and related blog outlets.