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October 9, 2007

GHS grad works as CNN correspondent

Goshen residents flipping though the channels might see a familiar face delivering the news.

Kate Bolduan, a Goshen High School graduate, was recently hired as a correspondent for CNN’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

Since starting on the job two months ago, she’s reported on the Minnesota bridge collapse, the Michael Vick case, and most recently, the United Auto Workers contract agreement. She was also on the scene providing live coverage of the Utah mine collapse.

“It’s been a whirlwind start,” Bolduan said during a recent phone interview.

Bolduan’s interest in a news career began when she was a student at Goshen High School. She took writing courses from English teachers Diane and Doug Cartwright and Marilyn Graber and got involved with the school newspaper, being named editor-in-chief her senior year.

“I enjoyed reporting on the events at Goshen High School and having people read my work,” she said. Later, while in college at George Washington University, she enrolled in a broadcast journalism class. That was when she really got the news “bug,” she said.

Bolduan works whenever news breaks and must be ready to leave at a moment’s notice to cover a breaking news story. Her day typically starts very early (she arrives at work at 3 a.m.), which means she must make a choice: “Work on less sleep or go to bed early,” she said.

While every story she covers has its own unique set of challenges, Bolduan said the Utah mine collapse was probably the most difficult story she’s covered thus far.

“You want to be able to pass along good information and positive news whenever possible. That was one story when the families of the miners and the rescuers kept getting bad news,” she said.

While Bolduan likes to have as much information as possible prior to going live, sometimes there isn’t a lot of time.

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