Holly Edgell, WCPO community editor

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My blog: HollyWorld

When did you start working here? November 2012

Where else have you worked? I joined WCPO.com after nine months as an independent journalist and consultant based in St. Louis.

Before hanging out my own shingle, I was a regional editor for Patch.com in the metro St. Louis area--leading a team of 13 journalists and supervising 12 community news and information websites. I joined Patch.com after more than four years on the Radio-Television faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Before that I was on the journalism faculty at Florida A&M University.

I have been working in journalism since 1991, when I was hired as the first news director at Great Belize Television.

Other jobs: I was a newscast producer at WFMJ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio. From there I went to WTAE-TV(ABC) in Pittsburgh, also as a newscast producer. I switched gears to special projects producing in Cleveland at WOIO-TV (CBS) and later WDIV-TV (NBC) in Detroit.

Where did you go to college? I earned my bachelor's at Michigan State and my master's at Kent State.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your work? I am proud that I've been able to grow, learn and adapt in the ever-evolving field of journalism. In addition, I'm proud of my teaching experience, and it pleases me to follow my former students' as their careers progress. 

I also pride myself in "giving back" to the profession through my involvement in the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

What are you most proud of in your own life? Earning my master's degree was a proud moment! I completed at 24-month program in 15 months and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Although I haven't done as much as I would like, I am modestly proud of the short stories I have had published and of the consulting and training work with journalists and organizations I've done in Belize, where I was born.

What do you love about living in the Tri-State? The scenery! I am still enchanted by the terrain, the river, bridges and skyline. Also, having lived in many other cities, I can honestly say this area is very welcoming and fun. One of my favorite pastimes is walking from Cincinnati over to Newport via the Purple People Bridge.

What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions? Eden Park is a mainstay in my life, for great walks. I enjoy The Banks, Mt. Adams, and Newport on the Levee.

I've seen two plays at Playhouse in the Park, and hope to see more! I really dig Washington Park, Findlay Market, and Over-The-Rhine in general.

All-time favorites? TV: All the incarnations of Law & Order. I enjoy "true crime," like Snapped and the shows on Investigation Discovery. Masterpiece Theatre is a constant in my life (Downtown Abbey, Call the Midwife, Poirot, Inspector Morse). Sitcoms I love include Seinfeld, the Cosby Show, 30 Rock and Big Bang Theory.

Movies: Juno, Amistad, all movies by Pedro Almodovar, most films by Woody Allen and Spike Lee. The Italian Job, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Che, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Imitation of Life.

Books: So many! All books by my mother, Zee Edgell. Most of V.S. Naipaul's early stuff. The Story of the Night by Colm Toibin, most of Toni Morrison (especially Beloved and The Bluest Eye), mysteries galore (Agatha Christie, Walter Mosley, P.D. James, Elizabeth George)

Other than 9 On Your Side & WCPO.com, you get your news from: NPR & WVXU-FM, CNN, NYTimes.com, local media outlets, Buzzfeed and Mashable. I consider Twitter my go-to newsfeed.

Apps you can't live without? All my news, weather and social media apps. Genius Scan, Audible, Whitenoise (for sleeping), Wordpress, travel apps like Delta and Orbitz.

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