Brian Farrell


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Every day is different: different people to meet, different stories to tell, and every once in awhile, you get to make a difference in the process. Those are things that make the news business interesting, reasons why I'm here today.

I grew up in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. It's in Bucks County, outside Philadelphia. When college time came, I wound up staying pretty close to home, going to school in the city.

After completing a dual major (Communication and English) at La Salle University in Philadelphia, I took a job as a production assistant at WCAU, one of the network affiliates in town. I got to work with a great group of people, and I got a feel for television news. At the same time, I was waitering, because, as just about anyone can tell you, your foot-in-the-door job pays little, very little.

From WCAU, I moved into syndicated medical news, working as a writer and producer for Medstar Television in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I was only there for about six months, before I took a position at WJBF in Augusta, Georgia, where my title was "Aiken Newscenter Chief." Basically, that meant in addition to shooting, editing, and reporting, I got to vacuum the station's bureau in Aiken, South Carolina, about 17 miles across the state line. Eventually, I anchored our weekend evening newscasts. A series I did about corruption in Denmark, South Carolina was recognized with awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow.

The time to move came, bringing me to Virginia. It would be a couple of years before I would land at WVEC, where I've had the opportunity to work with many terrific people, some, good friends, as well as share the stories of so many other people, the people of Hampton Roads and North Carolina.

Every day is different. Some days are good, some not so good, but most are pretty interesting. I think a lot of people can say the same thing no matter where they work: a television station, a classroom, some place where the goal is to keep people healthy. At the end of the day, and a lifetime of days, hopefully, all of us can say something else: Every once in awhile, we got to make a difference.

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