VIDEO: Former WOUB student becomes NYC news and lifestyle TV producer
Posted on: Tuesday Feb 23, 2021
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Katie Meyers graduated from Ohio University in 2010
ATHENS, OH – When Katie Meyers was an Ohio University student who volunteered at WOUB Public Media, she first saw what it was like to be part of a close-knit team that felt like family.
“There was an energy at WOUB that I have tried to recreate over the course of my career,” said Meyers. “Everyone was learning and willing to try something new. They were ready to step out of their comfort zone. Not only did I gain work experience, I also benefited from an innovative environment in which everyone was ready for anything. “
Meyers is now a producer on WPIX 11 in New York City. She produces the morning show’s news and lifestyle hour.
“I’ve always wanted to live and work in New York,” said Meyers. “I identified with this city as a child and knew that one day I would have to work here. I feel like a person who will never stop raising the bar for myself. The sky is the limit.”
Meyers grew up in Kirtland, Ohio, near Cleveland. Her brother attended Ohio University and she attended a number of times during those years. Meyers knew she wanted to study journalism, so it only made sense for her to follow in her brother’s footsteps and go to college in Athens.
“I actually came to Ohio University thinking I was going to get into print journalism,” Meyers said. “But after my first year, my parents encouraged me to do an internship in the summer. The internship ended at a television station, FOX 8 in Cleveland. After that summer, I returned to school and switched my main title to the show. I realized that you can still write on TV, but you also have to express it with moving images. You have to see the story come to life in a way that cannot be printed. “
Not long afterwards, Meyers started working in the newsroom at WOUB. She started learning how to put together and anchor a newscast on the radio, then worked her way up to the television site.
“I started shadowing the television news producers when my school schedule allowed and looked for opportunities to learn and grow,” Meyers said. “WOUB and Ohio University were great because you had to try everything. You have to experience it from all angles. There was an interview segment on Newswatch every night, and when I anchored the news it made me nervous. But it also challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and helped me understand the business from the shoes of every single position. “
With the experience she gained at WOUB, Meyers was able to complete a few more internships – one at KDKA in Pittsburgh Today Live and one at NBCUniversal in TODAY. When she returned to Athens, Meyers helped start a lifestyle program called Straight Up.
“I was really interested in producing this type of program and being able to try it out while studying was just amazing.”
Meyers graduated in 2010. Prior to joining the PIX11 team, Katie spent six years in Texas as Executive Producer of “Houston Life” from KPRC 2 and “SA Live” from KSAT 12. She has also produced newscasts for both WJW and WOIO in Cleveland, Ohio, and interned in college on NBC’s “TODAY”.
“It was a great opportunity and I took it,” said Meyers. “Without WOUB, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m really grateful to have met the people I met there. It was my first second family and work family. It will always have a special place in my heart. “
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