Super excited to share my conversation with my friend, Keith Jones, who is a news anchor at NBC10 in Philadelphia! Big shout out to our mutual friend, Rosemary Connors, who is also an anchor at NBC10 and was kind enough to make the connection!

Keith grew up in a small town called New Egypt in New Jersey with his parents and two brothers. He then went on to Villanova University, which played a tremendous role in his life. During his time at Villanova, he was the manager and practice player for the men’s basketball team. It was through this that sparked his interest in broadcasting!

After graduating from Villanova in 2007, Keith took a leap of faith and dove headfirst into the broadcasting industry. He started from the very bottom: beginning in Harrisonburg, Virginia for two years, then made his way to Pittsburgh for three years. In 2012, Keith had the exciting and rare opportunity to return to Philadelphia to NBC10 at age 27 (making him the youngest anchor in the Philadelphia area).

Over the past seven years, Keith covered an extensive amount of intriguing stories that he tells us about. Not only does Keith detail his broadcasting career but he was also kind enough to talk about the passing of his late girlfriend Cara McCollum, who died tragically in a car accident in 2016. Keith can most definitely serve as a role model to anyone that been through a similar type of adversity. Keith also talks about the angels that arose in his life after this tragedy, such as his amazing new girlfriend Devon and past podcast guests Father Rob Hagan and Coach Wright and the entire Villanova basketball family. I hope you enjoy listening to Keith’s story as much as I did!

I’m very excited to share my conversation with my friend Rosemary Connors: an award-winning anchor and reporter for NBC10 News in Philadelphia. You can watch her live weekday reports and see her anchoring the weekend mornings!

Rosemary is 35 years old, married, and from right outside of Philadelphia. We both attended the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova, where she just gave the commencement speech to the graduating seniors on June 1st! She is my fourth guest to attend the Academy of Notre Dame, following Martie Gillin (Founder of SpeakUp), Maureen Doran (founder of Skirt Boutique), and September Rinnier (Co-founder Tuckernuck). She then went on to the University of Pennsylvania—where I also went—so this was a really fun conversation for me, given that Rosemary and I have a similar background.

Throughout our conversation, Rosemary tells us all about her journey in the news industry. Her climb to an established position in Philadelphia did not happen overnight, but she has stayed the course over the past 13 years. She started from the bottom right out of college and dove headfirst into the industry. She began her career in Grand Junction, Colorado and then Fort Myers, Florida before making her way back to Philadelphia. We talk about the setbacks, the risks she took, her schedule and so much more. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Rosemary as much as I did!

 

Books:

“Gideon’s Trumpet” by Anthony Lewis