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A born and raised Southern Belle, Rebecca is currently studying at Presbyterian College looking to pursue a career in broadcast journalism as a reporter. An avid blogger, she works with the online newspaper The Hudsucker. She also is a part-time Social Media Marketing Consultant. Rebecca is a proud member of Sigma Sigma Sigma who's philanthropy serves children. Rebecca also has the distinct privilege of working with Sounds of Pertussis where she campaigns about the awareness of Pertussis and it's prevention by the Adult Tdap booster. This honor is done in loving member of her cousin, Landon Carter Dube, who's life was taken too soon from this disease. Rebecca loves her Lord Jesus Christ and enjoys pursuing her passion for telling people's stories!

Mary King’s Spiritual Journey Into Journalism

When you’re going to bed, morning reporter, Mary King  is probably getting up to begin her day. As a morning reporter for WIS News 10 in Columbia, South Carolina, she is at constant speed from the moment she steps into the station. Journalism is a calling for her and she shares how one particular scripture is at the core of it all.

King’s journalism journey began when she was in high school. She spent her childhood days traveling to and from New York working in the entertainment industries in commercials, etc. and watching her sister perform as a Rockette. Cable TV had just begun and when King was around 12 years old, FOX News interviewed her. Two times they interviewed her and this is where she first felt that call to journalism.

“I remember standing in there [the news room] and just watching everything operate,” King shares. “I loved doing commercials, I loved being involved in acting but there was something about playing a different role that I just was not comfortable with.”

When King entered high school, she began venturing into the news side of television by enrolling in her first journalism class.

“When I took this journalism class in high school, we read All the President’s Men” and studied Watergate.” King said, “These huge things that journalist had really pioneered and broken. It was that experience of realizing that journalism was the opportunity to tell stories to the public, but also to entertain.”

WIS New 10 morning reporter, Mary King

WIS New 10 morning reporter, Mary King. Photo Credit: WIS New 10 Morning

It was during King’s first journalism job when she experienced a specific moment of this realization of what her job as a journalist was suppose to be. While working as Morning Reporter/Anchor for WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland, King was praying to God asking if this was for certain His plan for her.

“God kept leading me to Proverbs 31:8-9.” King said. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

It was this “ah-ha” moment that King took the scripture and incorporated it into what she felt God was calling her to do.

This scripture continued to empower King throughout her continuing career. It was during what she calls her most meaningful assignment, that she saw this scripture come alive. While at WHAG News, King covered a story on a nine-year-old boy that had brain cancer.

The commissioner of the town had named the boy’s birthday “Christopher Lewis Day” in honor of him. King called his parents, looking to do a story on this event. Here, King saw Proverbs 31: 8-9 truly lived out in the story she was telling.

“It was during this experience that I saw the heart of this family and the heart of this town, who loved this little boy, but also the strength of this little boy.” King said.

The parents showed King a video that this beginning reporter was not ready to see.

“They showed me a video of him from Vacation Bible School,” King said. “He was on the stage asking him about his treatments, just interacting with him. He had this cute personality.”

On the video, they asked Christopher about a metal caged hat he had to wear. Asking how he did it, it was the boy’s unexpected answer that moved everyone; including King.

“He said, ‘I just look up at it every time and I just say to myself that God is good All the Time.” King said. “I just broke into tears watching this. How could you not? He then proceeded to lead the congregation in ‘God is Good All the Time’.”

This moment was when King saw her personal mission statement realized in the story of this young boy.

“I am looking at the TV screen but I have a direct view of this little boy in the hospital bed,” King shared, “and it was such an awakening for me as a reporter. It was one of those times that you get to be a voice for someone who did not have a voice. You get to tell their story. As inspiring as it was, I wanted to do this story justice. I wanted to share the same inspiration I had been given standing in his home.”

That story was a blessing for King to tell and a personal story that she still holds dear to her heart today, as she still keeps in contact with the Lewis family. It was this story that King shares she is grateful for because it was an opportunity as a reporter, for her to be that voice for someone else.

It is being this voice that King sees as a personal responsibility for herself as reporter, to carry every day with her to work. It is a responsibility that she reminds herself of by holding on to that scripture that God led her to in the very beginning of her career as an answered prayer.

For King, her job is not just a job. It is a calling from the Lord that she gives her all. With each sunrise as she appears on that camera, she has that scripture of Proverbs 31: 8-9 not far from her heart. This is a scripture that directs her as a journalist and as a Christian.

Follow Mary King on Twitter: @MaryKingWISTV 

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