How I Landed My First Job

It’s hard to believe I’ve been working at FOX Sports North for almost 6 months now, but like they say… time flies when you’re having fun.

I’ve been asked by a lot of aspiring sports broadcasters about my story, and how I was able to get a job right out of college… so here it is.

Flash back a year ago to my senior year at St. Cloud State when I worked my tail off. There wasn’t one day when I didn’t have a camera in my hand (maybe Sundays but those days are for Jesus). I was constantly busy, some people might have found the schedule exhausting, but I knew I loved this career when it didn’t seem like “work” to me. Sure— the deadlines and long nights were a little stressful, but I found so much enjoyment out of it that it paid off in the end.

The month of May rolled around and I was eager to get into the professional world, but still had 16 unfinished credits. “Sure, I’ll finish them this summer,” I thought. “Maybe…” (16 is a whole ton of credits by the way). I didn’t realize how badly I wanted to get a big girl job until I went back to living with my parents (Love you, Mom & Dad)… but for real, I needed to do something to get out of the house ASAP. So, I started applying for positions hiring in August and figured I’d finish school online throughout the summer/fall.

It all came down to a digital reporting position with an NHL team. My dream! I wanted to work for a hockey team so bad. The position had all of the responsibilities I was looking for, I sent in my documents and crossed my fingers. The very next day— I received an email back. They wanted to chat on the phone, so we talked about the position. They were very interested and ready to take me to the next step of the interview process, although there was one small, but very big, problem. To work in Canada, you need a work visa… to get a work visa, you need a college degree, which I hadn’t finished yet. I said I’d let them know if anything changes and really put my foot on the gas towards getting that diploma.

That next week, I was meeting with the Dean of SCSU to find a way I could finish all of these credits and finish school right on time for August (I wanted this job so bad). With 16… SIX-TEEN credits to go… I somehow managed to get them all done in 2 1/2 months… I was finally done with school! I couldn’t have been more excited, but right before I was able to let this team know, they informed me that the position had been filled. I was pretty bummed, but I knew applying for the first job wasn’t always going to work out, so I trusted in the process, and continued to update my website, reel, etc. It was hard to stay positive when I got turned down from a job, but it’s important to understand the TV business and how timing is everything.

Right here is when I learned God works in mysterious ways:

It was just days later that I was working my summer job, serving tables at a restaurant on Lake Minnetonka, when out of the blue I got a call from FOX during my shift, they wanted me to join a Twins Live show that weekend. “What?! Me!? Here we go!” I thought… “All or nothing!” I was so excited. *I didn’t apply for a position with FSN, but it helped that they knew me from covering college hockey in Minnesota.

I hadn’t been doing “TV stuff” for 3 months and here I was… about to be on the Twins pregame show… no pressure or anything. The nerves were unimaginable— but with patience and a lot of luck, I had an interview a week later to discuss a future with FOX Sports North. They were very pleased to hear I finished school, (I wouldn’t have finished if it wasn’t for the previous job application that accelerated the process) and they offered me a reporter position with the company. Just a timeline for you all, I finished school the first Friday in August and started my position that next week… it was crazy! I sometimes like to think back about how challenging it would have been had I moved to Canada for a job that seemed so exciting to me at the time, but now, I am able to work for the network I grew up watching and admire the same teams I grew up cheering for, it was a win-win.

Since then, it’s been a dream. Some days are challenging, some days are quiet and some days are so dang cool… but I still can’t believe how everything was able to work out. Just think— I was turned down from a job just so I was able to accept another one just days later.

For you broadcast students out there approaching graduation… there isn’t a simple “one size fits all” story of how you all will land your first job, but if I can give you any advice, be patient and be yourself. I know a lot of us “millennials” are wanting to put the pedal to the metal in life and rush to the next step, but you need to trust the process. There’s a plan for each of us out there! Being yourself will take you everywhere and anywhere! Most importantly, trust your gut… a lot of positions may sound glamorous, but be true to yourself. Will that position get you ahead in your career? Will you be successful in that kind of market? Will it work for you financially? etc. Most importantly, when/if you get turned down, don’t lose hope and keep working harder! There are many big things in store for you all.


And that, my friends, is my grand casino story.


Teeth Whitening On-The-Go

With a job that puts me in front of the camera, I’m constantly making sure my hair is under-control and my makeup is set, but another feature that comes to mind before I grab the microphone and step in front of the camera is my smile. I would buy whitening strips to help keep my smile bright, but the results I wanted weren’t coming the way I hoped and while I’m always on the go, I didn’t have time to go to a professional whitening clinic either.

I finally found the best quick and easy way to keep my smile bright by using the “Smile Brilliant” whitening treatment.

After purchasing your whitening treatment, you’re sent a kit in the mail where you make your own personal molds of your top and bottom rows of teeth at home, then you send them right back to their factory.

I waited no more than 6 days and my own personal whitening trays arrived at my front door! I love the way that Smile Brilliant made my personal trays, but they also catered to my personal needs. My teeth have always been very sensitive and hard to endure whitening treatments because of it. Smile Brilliant sent me the ‘Whitening Gel’ and also ‘Desensitzing Gel’ that I was able to put on after my whitening sessions, it helped with my sensitivity and made whitening my teeth a more bearable process!

After 4 weeks, the teeth I thought were decently white turned out to be brighter than ever after using the “Smile Brilliant” whitening treatment. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a way to get a brighter smile but in a more affordable, personal and easy way!

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If you’re interested in trying Smile Brilliant, there’s a special giveaway going on NOW! Simply visit this link and enter your information for a chance to win a purchase credit up to $149! You can also use ‘katieemmer15’ at checkout for 15% off your order! Happy whitening my friends! 🙂

St. Cloud Rox | Sports Reporter

Wow! I absolutely can NOT believe it’s already August, this summer has absolutely flown by. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m more than excited to get back to work at SCSU for my senior year but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad the summer of 2017 is soon coming to a close.

I wanted to make a little post and catch everyone up on what I’ve busy with the past few months. Besides seeing old friends, catching up with family on the weekends and serving a couple tables here and there at a restaurant on Lake Minnetonka, I had some AMAZING hands on experiences in the broadcast field.

As some might know, I was busy commuting to St. Cloud this summer covering the St. Cloud Rox Baseball team which is made up of top collegiate baseball players in the country. I worked with an amazing crew that I was able to befriend, goof around with and most importantly, learn from.

My main duties were performing post-game interviews. One interview was immediately after the game concluded that was broadcasted on the stadium microphone and the interviews following were for the team’s social media outlets.

Here are some interviews from this past summer:


Summer in Style

This summer of 2017 has been a busy one. I am a reporter for the St. Cloud Rox baseball team, I am a product model for a television shopping network and I also am a server at a restaurant on Lake Minnetonka. I’m ALWAYS on the move, especially with 3 jobs.. but I’m perfectly okay with it. I always loved staying busy from a young age while growing up in a family of 7.. it’s something I’ve been used to forever.

Although, something that makes being so busy a little challenging is how to plan ahead of the game pertaining to my accessories.

Earlier this summer I found something that I never can leave behind, my JORD wooden watch. It’s the perfect summer accessory for me as it’s light brown warm color matches with just about any outfit I wear. In addition to it’s compatibility with my outfits, it’ durable as well! From reporting in the early end of the day to serving tables later in the day.. this watch carries me through it all.

If you’re looking for a unique, hand-crafted wooden watch, Jord Watches is having a summer giveaway! Simply visit and enter your information for a chance to win your own unique, wooden timepiece!

In the meantime, check out all of Jord’s fabulous collections here!

For a link to the men’s shop:

For a link to the women’s shop:

For a link to my ‘Koa and Ash’ wooden watch:

Happy shopping, friends! 🙂

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NSIC College Baseball Championships

I had the opportunity of covering the NSIC College Baseball Tournament held in St. Cloud, Minnesota a couple weekends ago where the top ranked Mankato Mavericks clinched the Conference Championship. It was a tough weekend for the St. Cloud State Huskies who had home field advantage. They fell to Mankato for their first loss of the weekend and worked their way back from the losers bracket to get a second chance but unfortunately were unable to capitalize against the strong Mavericks bullpen. A great weekend filled with great competition that I was grateful to be around! Here are the post-game interviews I had with Mankato players as well as Head Coach Magers from the Championship game on Saturday, May 13th, 2017.

Captain Sit-Down with Jimmy Schuldt

I had the privilege of sitting down with Sophomore Captain Jimmy Schuldt of the St. Cloud State Hockey team to reflect on the past games of the season and look ahead on what is to come with the remainder of the season. Aired in the 2nd intermission of the game broadcast on March 3, 2017 on Husky Productions. Produced and Edited by Katie Emmer.

The transfer to SCSU

Since I was a kid, I always had the dream to achieve a career in Sports Broadcasting. It started when I was younger reporting to my mom about every play my brothers were apart of on the ice. I loved proclaiming the updates and exaggerating the intensity of games and  eventually realized that sometime in my future, I would want to give a report to not only my mom about a game, but thousands and thousands of people.

That being said, I knew I wanted to go to a school that offered the necessary programs and proper classes to get me closer to making this dream a reality. Safe to say, by my senior year of high school, I veered from this vision as I accepted an invitation to play basketball at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. The experiences I had in Hawai’i were some of the best and I learned a lot about myself as a person and also as a student. Long story short, the jump to the islands was amazing but I had to give myself a reality check. It wasn’t getting me closer to my career goals. After lots of consideration and discussions with my friends, teammates and coaches, I decided to travel back home to Minnesota and transfer to St. Cloud State University where I could get to business and get this ball rolling.

I had always heard of the awards SCSU students in the Mass Communications department received but had never really noticed until I started my first day walking into the tv studios. I knew that this school was the right pick for me. The many clubs and shows to get involved in kept me busy right away and in only my first year I learned the most I’ve ever gotten to learn about sports broadcasting. I am so excited to continue my studies at this school and look forward to what more I will be able to learn in the months to come.

One of my favorite things about St. Cloud State is the hockey production team we have here called “Husky Productions.” HP is a student run sports broadcast that displays the SCSU hockey games to over 30,000 households. It’s about as real as it gets and I love the feeling it brings of a real-world sports broadcast.

I attached a feature I made from last season on the Husky Stats that were standout at the end of the 2015-2016 season. Make sure to check it out!

For now, I look forward to what more I can learn in the remainder of my time at St. Cloud State.


Video footage recorded in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 2015-2016 by Husky Productions.
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