Hey there! My name is April Norris. Until recently, I was anchoring the morning news in the Memphis area. Yes, I was one of those women who would wake up at 2 a.m. every morning, paint on the makeup, slip on the heels and dash out the door to tell you what was happening… all with a smile on my face. I was not as pleasant around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The news business is a hard life, but for some reason I love it!
I worked behind the camera in the newsroom for several years. At the age of 26, I landed my first “big gig” as a one-man band reporter and weekend weather anchor in Traverse City, Michigan. Everyone thinks it’s a glamorous job, but it isn’t. I drove around in an old company station wagon that liked to break down on me. It was so cold, I looked like a weird human version of the Michelin man carrying around my own camera and tripod that felt like it weighed a ton. Oh, and I started out making $20,000.00 a year.
It hasn’t been an easy ride! I went on to report in Toledo, Ohio. I then moved to South Texas where I would travel to Mexico to cover the drug cartel wars. I always feared that I was going to get kidnapped there and possibly held for ransom. My photographer would tease telling me drug dealers liked blondes. I would remind him once they found out how much money I made… they would throw me out of the car.
There are many stories to tell, we all have a story! I would like to dedicate this blog to mostly women who sometimes don’t feel good enough and wonder if anyone else is dealing with ridiculous things in their life.
My goal is to share a variety of things from dealing with the frustrations of aging, to crazy family issues to wonderful survival stories. I would love to hear from you too.