Make Sure Your Personal Life is in Your Masterplan

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In a world that is all about empowering women to strive for careers, success and equality to men when it comes to a paycheck, it’s very refreshing to me to see such a prominent figure in the news business focus on what counts at the end of the day, time with her family. Of course, Megyn Kelly has put in years of hard work and dedication to her career and probably has made many sacrifices through out her rise to the top. And yes, she has gotten to a point in her career where she can most likely call the shots, and make the necessary moves she needs to for her own daily happiness; something I think that gets lost amongst young reporters in the business who will make the ultimate sacrifices to succeed. Sometimes it’s not about the salary, or the city you are in, or the high profile position you are sitting in around very prominent people. Make sure to ask yourself through out your own climb, are you truly happy?

I don’t think it’s stressed enough at an early age to young men and women that it’s okay to take your personal life and own happiness into consideration when building a career. The competitive nature of the broadcasting business can 100% control your life, dictating where you live and the hours you work. There are no holidays and sometimes no days off. I understand that early on in your career you must pay your dues and do your time. But when it comes to making career moves and decisions, take your personal life and family life into consideration as much as anything else. ka10th

I spent two baseball seasons working for MLB Network in New York City. I was on a national network, covering my favorite sport, among some high profile people in the game that I respected so much. Not to mention I was in the BIG city. Everyday was full of an amazing energy, things to do, places to see, and amazing restaurants to experience. I wanted it all and finally achieved the goal of getting there.  The studio I went to work in everyday was mind blowing for a TV geek like me with amazing lights and screens and sets and cameras. I was in my happy place! Plus, the content produced by the network and the people I worked with were second to none. It was a top notch establishment that did everything well and I was so proud to be a part of it.

But, something was missing. I wasn’t happy. My life, (fiance, friends, family, car, home, pool, clothes, belongings, etc) was in Atlanta, my home base throughout baseball season since 2010. I had the best set up in the world anyone in this business could ask for, with room for growth when you looked at it on paper. But for some reason, it wasn’t working for me. After two seasons, I decided to head to Atlanta for the offseason and stay for good. I chose to get married and start a family, and make my career work in the city I wanted to be in. It’s possible to create a balance for all. And necessary to do so to live a fulfilled life.

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7 Tips to a Successful Broadcasting Career

This time of year, I get so many messages from college students seeking advice on pursing a broadcasting career as graduation stares them right in the face just a few months away. Here is a link to my video on 7 Tips I believe from my experience can help you maintain a successful career in the biz.

https://youtu.be/F6v_IBzG79g

As far as finding a job: network, network, network! Stay away from agents right now. Access to so many people who make important decisions is at your fingertips online through sites like LinkedIn and TVJobs.com.  Be sure to put yourself out there and sell your brand!! Happy hunting 🙂

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Monday = Myday

#MONDAYVIBES

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What is it with the dark cloud over Monday’s head?

I think it’s terrible how many people (myself included sometimes) dread Mondays: the start of a fresh, new week that we are blessed to even have ahead of us. How do we change this nationwide epidemic that plagues all of our thoughts and minds and social media feeds every week!?

It starts with changing the way we look at the start of the week. Yes, we’re coming off of two great days full of no work (for most), time with family, hanging with friends and eating whatever we want to. Getting back to the weekday grind will always be an adjustment after a carefree weekend. But, instead why don’t we look at the daily grind as motivation? A chance at a fresh start in a new week to improve yourself and the life you’re living? Make Monday “Myday” to start anew.

Mondays should be for uplifting moments throughout the day. Whether it’s a quote you read in the morning, or an activity you plan to do at night. Something to look forward to at work that you’ve put on your calendar or someone you plan on seeing just because they make your day better.

I personally absolutely have to get a workout in on a Monday to feel adequate and useful to society in anyway shape or form throughout my day. Getting the week started right with the little, simple things on a Monday, helps toward a fulfilling week.

One thing I’ve learned taking all of this into consideration….don’t over do it!! Don’t make yourself crazy trying to take over the world on a Monday just to avoid the start-of-the-week blues! You will work yourself crazy, and most likely run out of gas and motivation before the week’s end.  🙂

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The Power of Positive Thinking

What a difference a day makes when you have a good mindset, right? It truly is amazing how your weeks, months begin to unfold when you go throughout your days with good, positive vibes. It’s a world of a difference. When you focus on GRATITUDE and the things in your life that bring you joy, it only makes sense that more will come your way.

But it’s actually hard to do for some. Most are not the happy-go-lucky type by nature that as we say in my circle “dreams in cartoons and s**ts rainbows.” You know you know the type.

This is where good ol’ pencil and paper come into play as a very useful tool to help get your mind right. Sometimes the simple art of writing something down can help put thoughts into action. And before you know it, you’re waking up happier and achieving more throughout your day. Even if it’s making someone around you smile. Goodness knows we need more of that in the world.

I am practicing what I preach and picked up a great journal titled “The Five-Minute Journal” that in just a few days has inspired me to think happy thoughts. Hell, it even made me write this post! The quotes alone make it worth 5 minutes of my day. I encourage everyone to take the time whether it be first thing in the morning or the last thing at night. It truly can help you live more inspired and morJournale engaged in the things happening around you.

“Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

-Henry David Thoreau

 

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BRING IT, 2017!

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I just love the start of a new year.

This time every year, you find people seeking out the best of themselves. We all take a minute to stop-down and survey what is working in our lives and what is not. What do we need to work on to make us better people? What goals do we need to set for ourselves in order to live a fulfilled and content life? And most importantly, what relationships do we need to work on when it comes to family and friends that matter the most? Granted we should do this throughout the year, but at least January gives us a starting point for those that don’t know where or how to begin to get on the right path.

You have to love the positive vibes put out everywhere this time of year. Across television and social media there are reports on how to improve your life, be more present, achieve goals, eat clean, work out, etc. etc. You name an idea you have in mind, and NOW is the time to take those first steps toward achieving the goals you set for yourself. It’s a time of motivation and inspiration. And it’s so consuming that it’s almost impossible this time of year to not want to improve your life in one way or another or to set out to make things happen.

The biggest challenge of course is seeing it through. As friends and family members we need to hold each other to it! One of my goals is to get more involved in the conversations going on out there amongst all of us when it comes to news and stories we hear day to day. With that, I decided to use the platform I’ve established and to use the power of words through story telling or in this case, story analyzing. Yes at the very basis of it, I have decided to blog. Unfortunately the word has in some cases gotten a bad wrap because, well, just about everyone can and is doing it these days. But, my intentions are to use it as a way to inform, empower and inspire those interested. So with that, here is my 2017 resolution. It’s not the start of something that counts, but the way you execute it and see it through!

“Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but service to community.” -Simon Mainwaring

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New Season, New Role

Happy Opening Day! This will be the first in 4 years that I am not covering a baseball game from the field or a studio and it’s a little bittersweet.

I’ve made the decision to make Mommyhood my top priority and take a step back from the demands of a career in sports this season. My husband John and I welcomed our little slugger, James Joseph Fitzpatrick, into the world on February 5th and he’s been such a blessing in our lives!

I write this post watching the Braves host the Nationals thinking of all the amazing experiences and opportunities I was lucky enough to have in the past covering these two teams. It’s learning about the game and the gifted athletes that devote their lives to it that I will miss the most, along with the wonderful relationships I have built with the people I’ve worked with.

I’m also watching this game while taking notes on the matchup because I won’t be stepping away completely! As a fill-in host, I’ll be jumping in the Braves Live chair from time to time throughout the season…so catch me on the pregame show! 🙂 IMG_6662

 

 

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Getting to know FOX Sports South Braves reporter Kristina Fitzpatrick

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves return to Turner Field on Friday for their home opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET on FOX Sports South against the New York Mets. Starting at 5:30 p.m. FOX Sports South will broadcast a special two-hour edition of “Braves Live” leading all the way up to first pitch.

On “Braves Live” fans be re-introduced to Braves reporter Kristina Fitzpatrick, who returned to FOX Sports South in March. Prior to her big night Friday, she sat down to answer a number of questions:

What’s it like to be back at FOX Sports South?

I was with FOX Sports South back in 2010 doing SEC Gridiron Live in its second and third seasons of existence. I was [also] doing SEC football sidelines. It’s actually great to be back because I’ve been in baseball, and the Braves were a position that I eyed back when I was with FOX Sports South [previously], and would have loved the opportunity to cover the Braves here in Atlanta. After a few years of going elsewhere and doing the many opportunities that have come my way, I’m getting that opportunity to come back home to Atlanta — which has been home for five years now, since I started in 2010 — and cover the hometown team and live here full time and be a part of Braves country.

Give us a rundown of what you’ve been doing since you were with FOX Sports South last?

I left after the 2011 football season and took a job covering the Washington Nationals. It was my first opportunity to cover a team on a regional sports broadcast (MASN — Mid-Atlantic Sports Network), and it was an unbelievable opportunity. It gave me a lot of insight into the game itself. I was a fan and knew baseball going in, but you learn so much more when you spend day in and day out with one team, traveling with the team, just trying to cover it from every angle. It was a great opportunity. I worked with some unbelievable people and made some great relationships. But D.C. was not home at the time, Atlanta still was.

From there I took a job with MLB Network. I was part of a show that launched for the 2013 season called “MLB Now” which was old school meets new school. Brian Kenny represented the new school, sabermetrics side of the game, and Harold Reynolds was the old-school player bringing what happens on the field and in the clubhouse too. It was a debate-style show and I was the moderator. It was a great time and these were some unbelievable guys to work with. I was living in New York at the time to do that and I was able to go on the road and cover the postseason in 2013; the ALDS and ALCS.

During Year 2 at MLB Network — [there was also] a quick stint of getting married in March and then back to New York — I was on a show with Christopher Russo called “High Heat” where we worked out of the SiriusXM Satellite studios in Manhattan. He was an unbelievable guy to work with. He has so much knowledge about the game and its history. It was a total history lesson every day with him from Christopher just having years of experience covering baseball. He’s an avid, avid fan that cares so much about this sport. It was very eventful every day going to work with Chris Russo and being a part of “High Heat.” From there I covered the postseason in 2014; the NLDS and NLCS.

During the offseason I put some feelers to what was going on in Atlanta, and I came across an opportunity to come back to where it all started for me.

As a new Braves reporter, one of the things that jumps out is your season spent covering the Nationals. What’s the Braves-Nats rivalry like from their point of view?

In 2012 the Nats were on their way to the top and the Braves always had their number, even last year. It’s a great rivalry and it’s been building over the last few years. They certainly know that Atlanta is a force to be reckoned with, no matter the situation. And any time you get two division rivals like that in the situation where it’s been built and it’s become an actual rivalry I think, especially with the way the seasons have progressed the last two years, it’s been great. [It’s] great for the division and it’s great for the game. I’ll certainly be looking forward to those matchups this season.

After your gig covering the Nationals, you spent two years with MLB Network. What was that experience like and how has spending two seasons looking at MLB in a broad, 30-team point of view changed the way you’ll approach covering one team … the Braves.

I’ll still keep an eye on the rest of the league because I think it’s important to know who’s doing what, obviously when it comes to the teams the Braves are playing. This is just a different situation in the sense that your day in day out doing every-day coverage of one team you kind of have to really dig and find those intricate stories that are going on within the clubhouse or on the field, whatever the case may be.

From a broadcast perspective you can touch on a team one given week and then you won’t have to talk about them until a few days later, instead of doing one team every single day. There’s no such thing as manufacturing news. So you really have to be on top of it and build those relationships and understand what’s going on. I think your biggest focus is the fan base here because it’s an unbelievable fan base. The Braves fans, just being around them the last five years, their focus is great. The idea is to bring to them what they need to know every day about the Braves.

What have been your biggest impressions on the team thus far and what are you looking forward to digging into once you start?

I’m excited about the fact that it’s a new season, it’s kind of a new age, a new face of Braves baseball as far as the team is concerned … new faces. For me, from my perspective that’s good because it gives me things to work with as far as totally letting the fans know who these guys are and where they came from and what their stories are. That’s important to a fan base when they’re trying to follow a team and really get into what’s going on, regardless of their record or how the season prevails. You want to get to know your hometown team.

Part of my job is to portray that and find out what it is the fans want to know and what they would find interesting about the team itself. We’re also getting in on the ground floor of what looks like a new direction for a bright future for Atlanta. That’s exciting to me just to be a part of that. Everyone calls it a rebuilding year, I understand that. But it seems to be set up to go in the right direction. I’m excited to be on the ground floor and able to get in John Hart’s elevator to the top.

What are you going to be doing this season for FOX Sports South?

I will be part of a wonderful broadcast team with Chip Caray and Joe Simpson. Jenn Hildreth and I, along with Paul Byrd, will be doing a rotation of the reporting and also the desk on the pregame and wrap-up show, “Braves Live.”

It’s a great rotation, it’s a great setup and the opportunity to be on the field during the game and on the road — my first road trip will be Toronto and New York [April 17-23] — just to bring the stories from road trips and to host the shows before and after games, it’s great. I’ll be wearing a couple of hats here.

Source: http://www.foxsports.com/south/story/getting-to-know-fox-sports-south-braves-reporter-kristina-fitzpatrick-041015

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

After two years with MLB Network and spending my summers living in Manhattan, I am excited for the opportunity to live full-time at home in Atlanta this season and cover the hometown team. But more importantly I’m ready to get back out to the ballpark! There’s something about the atmosphere and being right in the middle of the action that makes it more fun to do my job and bring the experience to the fans.

As for the 2015 Braves, there are many questions marks and unfamiliar faces for fans, but I am looking forward to helping tell the story of this new Atlanta team.  It all begins for me at the Home Opener, Friday 4/10 at Turner Field….see y’all there!!

-KAF

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Opening Day: When everyone feels like a kid again…

Cheers to baseball fans everywhere who have waited for this day to arrive! There’s nothing like the atmosphere at the ballpark when it comes to sporting events and opening day has that extra charm. It is the one day of the season that brings back every single memory you have of America’s Favorite Pastime.

I always think back to the first Opening Day I remember as a kid in South Florida in 1993, the Florida Marlins first Opening Day as well. I was 9 and we 4th allowed to eat lunch in our classroom that day so that we could keep an eye on the TV as the Marlins were introduced to their brand new fans all over South Florida.

Charlie Hough was going for the Marlins and Orel Hershiser for the Dodgers. It was a day to remember because it gave kids like me the opportunity to become a fan of such a great game. It meant trips to Joe Robbie Stadium all summer long with my family. And of course it also meant the cutest Marlins gameday gear and accessories any little girl could ask for. So cute that my sister Kat and I cleaned up at the school talent show with our bedazzled Marlins jerseys and hats.

The Marlins went on to win the game 6-3 with Jeff Conine going 4-4 on his way to becoming “Mr. Marlin.”

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Caray, Simpson return; Fitzpatrick joins broadcast team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Chip Caray and Joe Simpson will once again be in the broadcast booth for Braves games carried by Fox Sports South and SportSouth this upcoming season.

Along with announcing the returns of Caray and Simpson on Wednesday, FOX Sports South also revealed that Kristina Fitzpatrick, formerly of MLB Network, will join the broadcast team. Fitzpatrick, Jenn Hildreth and Paul Byrd will share the reporter role that had been primarily handled by Tom Hart, who has opted to focus on his other opportunities in the sports broadcast world.

Like he has each of the past three seasons, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine will team with Caray and Simpson to serve as a special analyst for select games.

Jerome Jurenovich will also return to host Braves Live!, the pre- and post-game show that accompanies every game broadcast by Fox Sports South and SportSouth. Byrd, Brian Jordan and Matt Diaz will share the analyst duties for those shows.

Along with televising 155 regular-season games, FOX Sports South and SportSouth are broadcasting six Spring Training games.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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