Can i brag?
OK, I'm going to. And yes, those are real Emmy Awards.
Phew! Where do I start? It's a bit of a daunting task to try and tell strangers about your background so they think you're more than just a pretty face. By the way, I am not saying I am a pretty face...but working in such a public arena, I've realized that most internet trolls think women are only hired for their looks.
Clearly I'm not that woman. Otherwise I would have been a model (and trust me, I tried)
My journey started when I was a young girl. I have always had an affinity for reading books and writing stories. In fact, many a times I would ditch hanging out with my friends to sit outside on the hammock and immerse myself in other people's stories. When my cousins and I would gather together for family parties, I was the lone child talking into a hairbrush and pretending to interview the other kids. But then again, I also made tons of videos pretending I was a background dancer for Janet Jackson. You can see where the whole storyteller but also an entertainer thing was born, right?
It came as no surprise that when I applied to colleges, I just knew that I wanted to work as a journalist, a writer...and an entertainer.
I was accepted into the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana where I studied Broadcast Journalism and also dabbled in psychology and Spanish.
Post college, I told myself I'd never work in a small town. So guess what I did? I got a job in a small town as a general assignment reporter and fill-in weather anchor.
After some time in Northern Wisconsin--reporting on everything from a murder to a local library worm race--- I needed to move back home to Chicago where I continued my job in television, but this time behind the scenes. I honed my skills in the third largest market as a producer--everything from Politics, LIVE breaking news to feature segments--as well as writer and shooter/editor.
During this time I also continued my studies at The Second City Chicago, where I learned the art of improvisation, acting and voice-over. While working full-time behind the scenes in media, I also was the on-camera host of several digital shows ranging in topics from technology, real estate, video games to Thai Food.
Let's fast forward a bit, shall we? Since then I've worked at CLTV/WGN as a producer/writer, CBS Chicago as a producer/writer, FOX Chicago as an on-camera traffic anchor and entertainment personality and Hubbard Broadcasting (SHE 100.3) with my own radio show "Jenny Milk and Jay".
Since then I've won Emmy awards for writing for a newscast, Promo production on-air talent and storytelling in arts/entertainment.
I am first generation born in America. Both my parents were born in Poland and came to Chicago. My first language was Polish. I have distinct memories of going to kindergarten and not being able to fully speak English.
Needless to say...I wet my pants. A lot. Don't judge me.
Kids were cruel and I was shy. They taunted me with "cat got your tongue" and my mom needed to send me to school with a backup pair of pants each day. The good thing about kids...our brains are sponges. By the time I went to First Grade, I was fully immersed in the English language, and for the most part, my pants wetting days were over. Well, there was that one time when I was in Girl Scouts, but that's a story for another day.
Some other random facts about me: I was a gymnast and have some gnarly scars to prove it. I can still do the splits. I LOVE to dance and don't care if you think I'm good at it.
I am not only a reporter and television host, but I am also a content creator. I believe in creating unique content for each platform in order to reach the largest audience possible. I was recently awarded the TEGNA Transformational Contributor Award for helping advance the broadcast and digital business.
I have more than 15-years of producing and writing experience. This includes all sorts of projects from Politics, Breaking News to Feature segments.
I recently produced, wrote and starred in my own half hour special that aired on CBS and The CW in San Diego.