brien mcelhatten

 

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EXPERIENCE

 

WPTA-TV                       Fort Wayne, IN                                                                                    2015- Present

Anchor

  • Anchor primary weekday newscasts.
  • Work with producers to craft daily rundowns.
  • Develop and pitch story ideas.
  • Produce special reports.
  • Manage nightside resources.
  • Use social media to grow audience reach and identify news sources.
  • Represent the station at community events.

 

“The List”                        Phoenix, AZ                                                                                           2014-2015

Host

  • Host and producer of marquee consumer franchise “What’s The Deal.”
  • Researched, pitched and produced timely stories with a consumer, financial and tech focus.
  • Worked with affiliate stations to generate content and coordinate field crews.
  • Field reporter covering daily stories throughout the Southwest region.
  • Reported extensively on the Jodi Arias trial and the deaths of the 19 wild land firefighters.

 

KNXV-TV                         Phoenix, AZ                                                                                           2010-2012

Reporter/Fill-in Anchor

  • Live reporter covering breaking news for market-leading morning show.
  • Substitute anchor for morning newscast and midday talk show.
  • Led coverage from the field during Arizona’s biggest wildfire and the shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords.
  • Worked with photographers and editors on assigned stories.
  • Utilized social media as a second channel for viewers and to cultivate sources.
  • Operated live trucks and field equipment as a one-man-band reporter.

 

WPTA/WISE-TV                Fort Wayne, IN                                                                                      2008-2010

Reporter/MMJ

  • Served as a multimedia journalist across all platforms.
  • Covered local government, breaking news and feature stories.
  • Planned and implemented market-exclusive live coverage of Barack Obama’s first inauguration from Washington DC.
  • Anchored assigned newscasts.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana — BA Telecommunications, 2012

 

 

SKILLS

 

  • Strong writing ability with graphics design knowledge.
  • Ability to anchor sustained, live programming without scripts.
  • Skilled in the use of social media to cultivate sources and communicate with viewers.
  • Experience operating live trucks and field equipment.
  • Knowledgeable in the use of desktop editing programs including Avid, Edius and Final Cut Pro.
  • Thorough understanding of news values and community standards in Northeast Indiana.
  • Solid ability to lead a newsroom and make quick decisions under pressure.