Student Spends Day with ESPN Commentator

Posted on: October 14, 2014


A broadcast journalism junior recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to follow ESPN commentator Jemele Hill for an entire day and film her every move.

Kelley Waterfall, who works as a student reporter for WKAR, was asked by WKAR-TV to do a story on Hill, a 1997 journalism alumna, and her visit back to MSU to serve as this year's Homecoming grand marshal.

Waterfall followed Hill around for most of the day Sept. 26 and got to see the live production of Hill's ESPN2 show, "Numbers Never Lie," from the MSU Union; Hill's interview with WKAR's Al Martin for an upcoming episode of "Current Sports," and her appearance in MSU's Homecoming parade.

"We didn't really know what would happen till that Friday," Waterfall said. "It ended up with her being really cool with me following her around all day, and with me filming absolutely whatever I wanted."

Waterfall said this was her biggest opportunity since she joined WKAR in June 2014.

During the taping of "Numbers Never Lie," Waterfall got to see Jemele and her entire team in action, including the producers, writers and social media staff.

"They asked me to send them whatever I make so they can put it out on their social media," Waterfall said. "That's absolutely huge, because ESPN is national."

Waterfall's story will include the complete experience of Hill being back at her alma mater as the Homecoming grand marshal.

"I filmed the whole thing," Waterfall said. "I'm going to edit it, put in voiceovers, decide what goes where, and then give it to my producers."

As a student reporter at WKAR, Kelley reports on community and campus events.

Her future goal is to some day work for WXYZ Channel 7 in Detroit as a news anchor.

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