EPISODE 2

SHERREE BURRUSS

 

"Be patient and know that in this industry you're going to hear a lot of no's and that's OK."

I sat down with legacy-paving sports anchor reporter Sherree Burruss of NBC4 Washington. It took Burruss 9 months before she got her first gig in the biz, but it didn't take long for her to make her mark on the industry.

Fast-forward to today: Burruss says she is the first black woman sports anchor at her station. She's interviewed James Harden, John Wall and Bradley Beal... just to name a few!

During our conversation, we spoke about how she worked her way into journalism, how to maintain work-life balance (and love, of course!), the impact sports has on our day-to-day life ("shut up and dribble" reax) and more.

Sherree Burruss' advice for young journalists:

  • "Don't panic"
  • "Consume as much (sports) as you can"
  • "Go to games on your days off"
  • "Just be nice"
  • "Be your authentic self"
  • "Stick to your brand"

You can follow Sherree on Twitter @SherreeBurruss and on Instagram @Sherree_Burruss.

 Kay Angrum (left) with NBC4 Washington sports anchor-reporter Sherree Burruss (right).

Kay Angrum (left) with NBC4 Washington sports anchor-reporter Sherree Burruss (right).

EPISODE 1

JOI-MARIE MCKENZIE

"Are we doing this to get likes and retweets or are we doing this to change the world?"

I sat down with author-writer extraordinaire Joi-Marie McKenzie of Good Morning America Digital. McKenzie didn't always know she wanted to go into journalism. In fact, she spent the early years of her career running from it. 

Fast-forward to today: McKenzie is a published author ("The Engagement Game") who has interviewed Hollywood's hottest celebrities, including Kerry Washington, Spike Lee and Jill Scott... just to name a few!

During our conversation, we spoke about her start in journalism, the importance of self care, the REAL on covering the entertainment industry and how her faith guides her day-to-day life.

Joi-Marie McKenzie's advice for young journalists:

  • "Never say no"
  • "Always say yes"
  • "Come in on time"
  • "Leave late (if you can!)"
  • "Experiment a LOT"
  • "Don't compare"

You can follow Joi-Marie on Twitter @dcfab and on Instagram @dcfab.

 Kay Angrum (left) with Joi-Marie McKenzie (right) at ABC News in New York.

Kay Angrum (left) with Joi-Marie McKenzie (right) at ABC News in New York.

INTRODUCTION

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

I'm so excited to share that I am taking a leap into the world of podcasting! "Let's Get Coffee" is my passion project that was inspired by the dozens of incredible journalists I've had the pleasure to work with and meet throughout my young career.

The podcast features interviews with women of color in media, but is certainly valuable for all who listen!

The name, "Let's Get Coffee," is a nod to the age-old invitation often heard in corporate America for an informal meeting over a cup of joe. Now, whether you decide to actually buy coffee (as opposed to tea or something else) is entirely up to you. 😉

High school was when I started reaching out to industry professionals to shadow them in their newsroom and ask them my burning questions about their career.

My first informational or "coffee meeting" was with NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills. I emailed Wills asking if I could interview her for my high school’s newspaper. Sure enough, she agreed! I met her at the NY1 newsroom in Manhattan and that day my love for journalism was born.

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Since then, I’ve continued to cross paths with journalists and media moguls who inspire me each and every day. What I enjoy most about these intimate sessions is 1.) I get to meet new people who can offer insightful advice and, 2.) I leave feeling inspired, like I can conquer the world!

Not to mention the GEMS! I’m talking spot-on advice, positive affirmations and sayings like this one I got from Hoda Kotb when I was interning at the Today Show: “You might be the juiciest orange in the bowl, but not everyone likes oranges. So, screw them!” 

It’s my hope that this podcast will do for you what these coffee meetings have done for me: inspire and empower.

[Check out this awesome article from Fast Company on how to make the most out of your next coffee meetup.]

SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT:

Thank you grandma Ann Angrum for funding my Blue Yeti USB Microphone to record these podcasts! Thank you Samantha Lee for designing the “Let’s Get Coffee with Kay” logo and animated GIF! Thank you Madison Mills, Fernando Hurtado and Rachel Scott for being the amazing friends that you are and lending your voice to the introduction of this podcast, which you can listen to below (or here.)