Meet Stephanie Simmons

Celebrating Steph's 30th Birthday! Vegas Baby!

{TV Host, Marathon Runner, Pitbull Lover, NEW MOM!}


Stephanie and I
 

Stephanie Simmons

 


In 2009, after a screen test I landed my first big hosting job for a national cable network, Reelz Channel. One of the first TV hosts I met was Stephanie Simmons. Stephanie's a few years older and had hosted several TV gigs prior to Reelz.  We instantly bonded over our love for running. She would become my running, training buddy--I was training for the New York Marathon and she was running Santa Barbara. You always hear what a cut throat business TV can be and is but I've been fortunate; the women I have encountered have always treated me so well. Steph became one of my biggest supporters and took me under her wing. Still to this day she is always someone I can reach out to for advice.

 

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If you're in Los Angeles you can catch her bright and early on CBS2 giving you the latest and quickest traffic report. But I'm guessing her new favorite job is playing mommy to Dashel--her St. Patty's Day baby!

 
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Name: Stephanie Simmons
Hometown: Shelbyville, IN
Current Job and city: Los Angeles/Traffic Anchor & Feature Reporter

Job description/duties: I I break down all the morning traffic woes and fastest routes across our viewing area. As a feature reporter, I cover loal events and what people are talking about.

What time do you wake up/go to bed?  I wake up at 1:30am and go to bed at 6pm, Monday through Friday.

First job? Worked at a McDonalds when I was 15.

First tv experience? I interned at a local tv station.

First job in television? Off camera I worked in productions at E! Networks. On camera, I worked as a traffic anchor in Indianapolis.

What was your dream job when you were a kid? I wanted to be a magazine editor or a reporter.

What first got you interested in a career in tv/news/broadcast? Loved telling stories and reading stories.

 

 

Favorite interview? I have tons of favorites! A guy named Jack who went skydiving for the first time in his 90's. I love interviewing the Harlem Globetrotters. Liam Neeson is my favorite celebrity to interview--never misses a beat and is always friendly. Eleton John was memorable too!

 


Most awkward interview?  Most awkwardly funny moment was with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. Both are foreign, so when I asked the camera man to zoom in because I wasn't wearing pants, both guys thought I  sat down and immediately divulged that I wasn't wearing underwear! "Pants" has a different meaning in different countires.

 

 
 
 
 
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Any mentors who guided you when you were first starting your career?  I worked with Giuliana Rancic at E! She gave me great insight as to how to properly transition from off camera to on camera and what people are looking for when they look at your reel. 

 

Who do you admire or look up to in your career field?  I admire any reporter who hasn't forgotten the necessity of movement/getting their hands dirty to tell the story. I notice anchors who are real, not Ron Burgandys. I love talent who can interject a relatable anecdote.

 

 

Best advice you've been given? Be carefule who you befriend at work. I'm not saying you can't be friends with people, but this business is cut throat. Keep it professional. If you can seperate work from your personal life, that will benefit you in the long run. Careful to divulge too much about yourself on camera and to co-workers.

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Worst advice someone gave you?  "Stick to what you're doing. That's what you're good at. If you try to do or say something else, you'll just come off like a know-it-all." Umm, no you won't, ever. You can be an expert at different things, and you can find more work outside of your bubble.

 

 


Best part about your job?  When I get feedback that I'm actually helping people. Whether it's with their commute or that they found my stories compelling or useful.  

 

Worst part about your job?  THE HOURS!

 

Any mentors who guided you when you were first starting your career?  A professor at Ball State named Stan Sollars. Over the years, he's helped me and has always taken an active interest in my growth and career path. I felt like he never doubted I'd make it. 

 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?  Running marathons! I've recently taken an interest in archery as well.

Stephanie Running 

Advice you would give to your younger self?  Know more than you speak, speak less than you know.

 

Would you recommend your line of work to others? No because the world and our industry is changing so fast.

 

If you could look into a crystal ball where do you see your industry in the next 20 years?  In 20 years, I think local news will exist more online and less on television.

 

Anything else you want to share?  I suggest majoring in a topic that can easily translate into multiple career paths.  

 
 casey and steph
 
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xo Casey
 
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