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Tania is currently the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Hudsucker, and Senior Editor at the Nashville, Tennessee based PopCulture.com. With past writing and editing credits with Womanista, Quietly, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and NBC Newsvine, she is currently a member of Indianapolis based, Society of Professional Journalists — one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists. She is an avid Indianapolis Colts, Elvis Presley and baseball fan as well as a lover of pancakes and fine cheeses, film, and music. Tania is a Hoosier at heart with a passionate wanderlust for always traveling and giving back to those in her community. She is currently studying at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Follow Tania on Twitter: @westlifebunny.

It’s a “New Day” with Kate Bolduan

Journalism is an integral part of the media industry. It is a very powerful and influencing medium to reckon with.  Since words whether written or spoken are very potent, journalists are in an enviable  position to alter people’s lives and by authentic reporting, move people on personal and collective levels. It is not surprising that journalists have a great social and moral responsibility to speak about matters that affect our lives in an unbiased manner.

In a few short weeks, a young and talented, charming professional face in journalism is set to debut into our lives blazing a new dawn in a New Day.

Kate Bolduan, 29 is the youngest morning show host in television history. Image Credit: CNN/Time Warner

Growing up I was constantly fascinated with watching the news and understanding the truth about our world. It always meant appreciating the events unfolding in my immediate community, the society at large and around the world, while coming as close as possible to the heart of who we are as a human beings and getting a glimpse of our future. From time to time, I’d watch these incredibly strong female voices in the form of Joan Lunden co-anchoring with Charlie Gibson on ABC, who years later would go on to co-anchor with Diane Sawyer on their network morning show, Good Morning America. Some days I’d find myself watching the competition over at NBC and admire Katie Couric’s skills and eloquence when she would be discussing such major life-changing events. I would constantly be in awe of these women and the grace they showed through their journalistic integrity. It wasn’t until after I graduated from high school some ten years ago that I realized I wanted to make a difference with my own voice in the same way these women did. They were not just reporters to me but instead, adroit historians full of heart, forthrightness and a solid conscience. They made me believe there was no glass ceiling in attaining such a position and being a strong female voice in a harsh world was possible. In some ways, their longevity and certitude in such a career paved the path for me and many others as a young  journalist.

One such journalist who I’ve grown to admire the most in these recent years, and strongly believe will be one of our generation’s most prominent voices and a model to many young women growing up is Kate Bolduan.

Before joining the esteemed Cable News Network (CNN), Bolduan was an editorial intern for House & Garden magazine during her student days at George Washington University, but soon began her television career after graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. She took an internship with NBC’s Washington DC bureau and it was there that Bolduan’s skills and talents were recognized and was soon promoted from intern to producer of a highly publicized series called, “Dying to Drive” for NBC Nightly News. Her hard work is a testament to her dedication which saw her move up as a production assistant for NBC News and MSNBC in 2005.

Bolduan sitting in with Wolf Blitzer on her last episode of The Situation Room earlier this spring. Image Credit: CNN/Time Warner

In 2006 she got her first on-air job as an assignment reporter with an emphasis on breaking news and live coverage for ABC affiliate WTVD in Raleigh, North Carolina. During that time, Bolduan covered anything and everything, including stories such as Hurricane Ernesto; the chemical fire in Apex when much of the town was temporarily evacuated; the high school shooting in Orange County, North Carolina; and the Duke lacrosse case, in which she tells Home & Design was one of the major stories she was involved in.

Since joining CNN in 2007, Bolduan has proved her staying power and candor as she covered activities of the U.S House and Senate, became a member of the Capitol Hill unit covering countless stories through breaking news coverage and feature reports for more than 800 CNN Newsource affiliates. In 2008, Bolduan had the chance to cover the Presidential Election and was provided the opportunity to travel throughout the United States covering such national headlines like the Minneapolis Bridge collapse, OJ Simpson’s armed robbery case, and the launches and landings of the retiring NASA space shuttle fleet. Last year Bolduan joined Wolf Blitzer as co-host on The Situation Room and contributed features and news, including the 2012 Presidential Election feature known as, America’s Choice 2012.

The Goshen, Indiana native’s interest in journalism began when she was a student at Goshen High School, known as one of the Best High Schools in America acknowledged by U.S News and World Report. It earned a silver medal and ranks 12th in the entire state. Bolduan was on the honor roll each semester, a member of the National Honor Society and Goshen’s Junior Miss in 2000. During her four years in high school, she was actively involved with school events, theater and sports; from getting involved with the volleyball team to becoming junior class President; crowned Prom Princess in 2000, and serving the high school newspaper, the Tomahawk, where she later become Editor-in-Chief during her final year.

Bolduan’s successful journey is no surprise to English teacher and former advisor of the Tomahawk, Marilyn Graber. Graber tells The Hudsucker that Bolduan was a gifted student who wrote for three years at the school newspaper, as well as taking dual credit writing courses in Elementary Composition (W131) through Indiana University during her senior year.

Kate Bolduan seen in her 11th Grade photo attended Goshen High School from 1998 to 2001. Image Credit: GHS Crimson Yearbook

Graber says Bolduan always showcased a clear goal and incredible drive to succeed. “Probably by her junior year she knew she wanted to be in broadcast journalism. At that time we had no broadcast program at Goshen High School [so] she honed her reporting skills on the Tomahawk staff. She gave leadership to the staff [during] her senior year as editor in chief. She was a hard worker and her goal was to be the best in all her classes.”

The Goshen High School English teacher also shares the time Bolduan met with great disappointment when she graduated second in her class. “We talked about her disappointment in getting an A- in a class, taking her out of first place,” Graber says. “I remember telling her that this grade, this disappointment, [it] would not stand in the way of her success. In fact I believe that disappointment, failure if you will, often pushes us harder to achieve our goals.”

Graber shares how Bolduan was a joy to work with. “I am so proud of all she has achieved,” she says.  “She has worked hard to get where she is today.”

In an interview with Goshen News back in 2007, Bolduan disclosed how much she enjoyed reporting on the events at her high school and having others read her work but it wasn’t until she enrolled in a broadcast journalism class at George Washington University that she really got the “news bug.”

With a deep passion to give back to her community, Bolduan’s roots took her back to her hometown in 2010 to take a look at the trickle-down effect stimulus money had on local economies in Goshen’s Elkhart County for a segment on The Situation Room. During the week-long series, she featured her hometown of Goshen, a city that maintains its small town feel but very evident pain of a stubbornly high unemployment rate. Bolduan kept it real, speaking to municipal officials and small businesses in town while showcasing the effect it had on not just the people but herself.  “It was great to get back,” she told host Wolf Blitzer. “I don’t get back very often at all, but it was great to get back and also be able to cover this story and kind of dig deeper on what we’re covering, tracking the stimulus all the way to your hometown. It hits home when you’re talking about not someone else’s main street, but your main street. [It] was good to get back there and see that.”

Like any other role model, Bolduan is active in her community and takes time out for causes. One such cause was International Coastal Cleanup Day, where the young reporter took out time to pick up trash and marine debris from coastal areas. She later tweeted a photo of herself cleaning up while encouraging others to do the same in an effort to educate the public on problems caused by litter and inevitably change our own ways to stop pollution at its source.

In an interview with The Elkhart Truth back in 2000, Bolduan humbly acknowledged deep gratitude to her family for all that she is, going on to say that they made her the person she is today. “My life, my ambitions, my drive come from my parents. They’ve never pushed me in anything, they’ve allowed me to make my own decisions and my own mistakes. They’ve always built a very strong spiritual environment in our house, leading me to God, leading me in a positive direction,” she said.

Kate Bolduan on a fun assignment for CNN in the village of Bucklebury in West Birkshire. Image Credit: Kate Bolduan/Instagram

At just 29 years old, Kate Bolduan will be the youngest morning show host on any major television network when she makes her June 17 debut alongside Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira on CNN’s New Day. Airing live weekdays from 6 A.M to 9 A.M in CNN’s New York studios, New Day will replace Starting Point and approach the morning show circuit with a harder look at news.

Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide expressed his excitement about the show’s newest hosts in a press release. “Chris, Kate and Michaela are a dynamic team that will give our viewers in America a new way to start their day. We were floored with excitement when we saw Chris and Kate together on screen, and by adding Michaela to the mix we feel we have something very special. We believe there is an opening to do news in the morning with a fresh, new voice.”

Kate Bolduan has a distinct and solid voice in an industry that can often be cloaked with partiality. Her achievements and characteristics have proven her to be someone our generation can be proud of, specifically as her passion for her work has the capacity to encourage others with similar drives. Bolduan’s skills speak volumes as she firmly acts in ways that support her journalistic values of truth and showcase her mettle. She proves that her age is nothing but a number and that hard work gets you where you want to be. One is never too young or too old to achieve their goals and clearly she is someone a lot of young women will aspire to one day emulate. Zucker’s choice of Bolduan to headline a morning news show now has her in the ranks with Joan Lunden, Diane Sawyer, Ann Curry, and Katie Couric.

We have only seen the beginnings of Bolduan’s journalistic rise and there is much more to see. She is a naturally beautiful, intelligent and compassionate woman leading the way for confident and politically savvy young women interested in the field.

All that she’s done so far, along with her self-assurance, integrity and commitment to the truths of the world around us prove her to be a dynamic role model for the many young women still in school and hoping to be an enterprising female reporter like one Kate Bolduan.

Kate Bolduan seen with Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira. “New Day” premieres June 17 on CNN. Image Credit: CNN/Time Warner

Watch Kate Bolduan co-anchor with Chris Cuomo on New Day starting June 17 on CNN from 6AM to 9AM. Check your local listings for further details.

Follow Kate Bolduan for updates and news on Twitter and Instagram.

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    […] Bolduan has proven roots mean something to her as in 2010 she took a look at the trickle-down effect stimulus money had on local economies. During the week-long series, she featured her hometown of Goshen and kept it real as she spoke to municipal officials, small businesses in town and headed back to Goshen High School. […]

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