“Together Making Las Vegas a Better Place to Live”
I am the most grateful working woman on the planet. I am sure of it. You often hear people say, “If you want something, just put it out there in the Universe.” In the Fisher house, we call that praying. And about a year ago, my husband and I started praying about whether I should return to work.
I left behind a career in broadcast journalism when I had a 1-year-old girl and a baby boy on the way. That was five years ago. After a sweet time in our home, I longed to get back to work. But returning to a life in the newsroom meant I needed a very specific job with a very specific schedule. So the praying began, and I mean very specific prayers. “God, if you want me working again, I need a morning schedule. I’d like to work for a company that values my roles as a wife and mother. I’d like to do stories that reflect a city I love and people I care about.”
Sometimes crazy things happen. Very specific prayers get very specific answers. I was invited to join the morning team at Channel 13 Action News, anchoring the 5-7 a.m. show. My work schedule has me off by noon every day. My bosses could not be more supportive of my family life. And when I step off the morning anchor desk, I get to report on the people who make Las Vegas a better place to live. These are the people who make my days full, worthwhile and inspiring. These people are the reason I love this job so much.
To date, I’ve done more than 300 stories about people who make Las Vegas a better place to live. But I wasn’t exactly prepared for the response. After I interviewed doctors who give free medical care, both organizations, Volunteers in Medicine and the Hope Clinic, saw an increase in volunteers as well as receiving some huge financial gifts. And when I did a story about three women who crochet blankets for cancer patients, viewers began dropping off bags and bags of yarn. So much yarn started coming in, we devoted an entire cubicle to storing it until I could make a delivery.
And one of my favorite stories, Project 150, was about a group of Clark High School alumni who help homeless teens. Their mission has now spread to more than a dozen schools and since our story aired, Project 150 received a $100,000 donation.
While we’re excited about the way our stories are being embraced, Channel 13 doesn’t make Las Vegas a better place to live, we all do. There is a growing movement of people in this city who are putting others before themselves. We see it in teachers, nurses, neighbors and students. We certainly see it in our viewers. And this growing movement deserves a place in local newscasts. We need to let you know about the bad stuff—it arms you with information to keep your family and finances safe and your future secure. But an entire newscast like this doesn’t accurately reflect the city we live in. I am humbled to be the reporter who gets to shine a light on the good stuff. Like I said, these stories inspire me. We hope they do the same for you.
Beth Fisher anchors Good Morning Las Vegas weekdays from 5-7 a.m. on KTNV, Channel 13. You can see her stories on the people who make Las Vegas a better place to live every morning at 5:45 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. If you have a story idea, please email Beth at email@example.com.