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Twitterview with Rachel Slavik, @Rachel_Slavik

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Twitterview with Rachel Slavik, @Rachel_Slavik

Hello to all of the #MNMOtv followers and to our guest, @Rachel_Slavik of @wcco TV. Let's get started and learn about Rachel!

Rachel: Good morning, Joel!

To begin, tell us about where you grew up and how you got interested in journalism.

Rachel: I grew up in Mound. I kind of fell into journalism during the end of my freshman yr. I needed a major and picked Journalism

I lucked out because I loved it! That could have gone horribly wrong

Did any local journalists mentor you at all? Where did you get to intern while in college?

Rachel: No one in college, but very early in my career I was lucky enough to find a mentor in @boydhuppert. He's become a great friend.

I interned @wcco, @WISCTV_News3, and at NBC15 in Madison

Nice! At what point did you KNOW that journalism was for you? Got any unique stories that you've covered?

Rachel: I think I knew right away. It's a fun job, for the most part. Every day I do something new.

I recently got to hang from a helicopter while flying over Afton State Park. I'd call that unique!

That sounds fun. What kind of stories do you focus on, and are you the primary reporter for @wcco #SATmorning?

Rachel: I really am a general assignment reporter, so I can't really say I focus on one area. I do a lot of crime stories.

Yep, I am the reporter for the Saturday morning show. But during the holidays schedules are a bit crazy.

You, @JamieYuccas and @Matt_Brickman seem to have too much fun for it to be work. :) Are mornings hard though?

Rachel: We have a ton of fun! No, I'm a morning person. I have no problem waking up early. I prefer it

But only on the weekends :)

I get it. So during your #OffHours, what kinds of things do you enjoy doing? (Ex. reading, shopping, movies, etc.)

Rachel: Running, spending time with friends, sampling the many fine restaurants around Mpls, playing with my dog.

When it comes to running: 5k, 10k or marathons? Streets or around the lakes? Do you do any winter running?

Rachel: half/full marathons. I love running around the lakes, but I also run on a treadmill. I read. My nook helps pass time.

What books are on your Nook right now? Do you watch movies at all on it? What #MNrestaurants have you tried lately?

Rachel: Hunger Games trilogy, The Help, Mark Rosen's book, to name a few. Just tried Tilia. Love! Bachelor Farmer...prefer Tilia.

I do love movies, but not in the theatre. I prefer waiting until I can order them on my DVR. It's cheaper too.

What makes for a good restaurant to you? On the menu, are you more of a meat or a vegetables eater?

Rachel: Fun atmosphere, interesting menu. If they can make something taste good that I normally wouldn't eat, I call that a win.

I have to have my protein. I tend to ignore the veggies. I know, that's bad.

As a runner, you definitely need your protein! To close, what's 1 thing you'd like to accomplish in the next year?

Rachel: I want to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I need 2 cut 1.5 hours off PB time. It'll be difficult, but a big accomplishment.

Good goal. Thanks Rachel for your time and Tweets on #MNMOtv today. Have a great day, and get a good scoop! :)

Rachel: Thank you! Good talking to you. Have a great day.

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 in Permalink

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Joel E. CarlsonMNMO Twitterviews are led by @JoelECarlson of Sociability, a social media consulting services and community management company in Minnesota. He is very active in the social media community and has conducted over 300 Twitterviews with people like Elizabeth Ries and John Hanson of Twin Cities Live, Frank Vascellaro of WCCO-TV, Genevieve Gorder of HGTV, and Rebecca Jarvis of CBS' The Early Show. He truly enjoys connecting with new people and places and sharing their story with others.

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