[nfbwatlk] Blind Broadcaster

Lauren Merryfield lauren1 at catliness.com
Sun Sep 13 06:32:54 UTC 2009

I've heard of a blind sportscaster but not a tv broadcaster.
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> KTIV NewsChannel 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and SportsCollege
> student uses braille to anchor the news
> College student uses braille to anchor the news
> Posted: Monday, September 7, 2009 2:01 PM EST
> NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - To break into the broadcast news
> business, you have to have determination, good writing skills,
> and of course the voice. And for one Siouxland student trying to
> break into the biz, the ladder is even harder to
> climb.
> It's your typical midwest college, and your typical student
> broadcast department. There's a studio, audio board, and
> television prompter.
> "I do want to go into broadcasting, was said Nick Pavel, a
> sophomore at Northeast Community College.
> Every year thousands of broadcast students try their hand at
> breaking into the TV news business, and at Northeast
> Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska there's one student who
> uses his hands literally to master his craft.
> Nick uses his hands because he can't see the prompter or any
> scripts. Nick has been blind since birth.
> by I was an anchor last semester for our TV newscast and I also
> read the news on the radio last semester as well," said
> Pavel.
> Nick does it with a braille note.
> "I type them out in my braille notes so I have to type everything
> out from beginning to end, so it's kind of a long
> process," said Pavel.
> While he's been using braille for years, Nick, like any other
> broadcast student, had to get use to reading aloud.
> "He wasn't used to reading out loud from that, but he's gotten
> used to it," said his instructor, John Skogstoe.
> Training for a broadcast career is challenging even with all of
> your senses, but Nick minus sight says you can't miss
> what you never had.
> "Since I've been blind since birth, I'm used to how I read," said Pavel.
> Which makes him a real inspiration to his instructor and classmates.
> "For someone like Nick with a visual impairment who only has the
> same challenges that everyone else does, that's a real
> testament to his attitude and how hard he works at doing what he
> wants to do," said Skogstoe.
> "He's very smart and has the potential to be a broadcaster like
> everyone else here," said classmate, Austin Taibemail.
> And with such determination, you may never know where Nick could
> turn up someday.
> "Nick Pavel for KTIV News Channel Four," said Nick Pavel.
> The competition just got a little more stiff.
> Nick is a sophomore from Lesterville, South Dakota.
> His instructor says he has heard of other blind radio announcers
> but has not heard of a blind television newscaster.
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