Shayne: let’s do this (said energetically, haha)…
Q – #1 So @ShayneWellsMSP, you’ve lived primarily on the West Coast. How are you adapting to the Midwest?
Shayne: Not going to lie, it’s been a challenge. I’ve never lived anywhere with humidity, tornadoes and temps that drop to -15.
On the other hand, it’s toughened me up.
Q – #2 What are some things that stand out to you in the Midwest, besides the weather, that are different from the W coast?
Shayne: I grew up eating casseroles, had never even heard of a hot dish, ha.
But really, the Midwest has a lot of Midwest specific foods (we didn’t really have those growing up in WA).
I’ve lived in 5 states now and this was by far the hardest to make friends, but once you’re in, you’re in, loyalty is big here.
I do love how the weather doesn’t intimidate people from going out (like it did in CA).
Q – #3 Lots of “hearty stock” in MN. :) Lets shift gears. Explain a little bit about how you got interested in entertainment reporting?
Shayne: I really have done it all. I started out doing weekend weather in CO, anchoring in ID, and reporting in CA.
Doing it all made me realize hard news is not me. I’m bubbly, and I love to have fun. Ent. reporting was just a better fit for me
Though I also love sports and I can’t say I won’t be making that shift in the future!
Q – #4 So maybe @ShayneWellsMSP on @ESPN? What kind of topics do you cover with @KARE11 and @MetroMixTC?
Shayne: Would love to cover college football! @ESPN, call me ;-)
At @kare11 and @MetromixTC I cover all things fun, restaurants, music, celebrities, fashion, bars. Tough job, someone’s got to do it
Q – #5 Variety is good! Now to your FAVORITES: Restaurant, store, winter activity, comfort food & recent guest or event.
Shayne: Fave restaurant: Bryant Lake Bowl (great breakfast and grilled cheese), store: Nordstrom/Anthropologie, Winter Activity:snowmobiling
Fave comfort food: biscuits & gravy (still trying to find the Twin Cities best, Mill City Café is a contender)
Fave recent guest: Topher Grace or @ModSun (Bloomington rapper), fave event: Pub & Putt (so fun).
Q – #6 Good answers. Has Social Media had any effect on how you do your job? Who does your video and editing?
Shayne: When I started in news, there was no Twitter and Facebook wasn’t being utilized by anyone other than college kids.
Social media has changed things quite a bit, in a good way. Makes finding stories and connecting with people much easier.
I shoot, write and edit all my own stories.
Q – #7 @ShayneWellsMSP is a 1-woman crew! Not an easy task. To end, what advice would you share with those looking into your field of work?
Shayne: It’s not glamorous, or easy, but it is rewarding. The thing that’s helped me the most is a willingness to take risks
I believe if you want something bad enough you can make it happen.
thanks for having me!
@JoelECarlson – Thank You! Have a great day and enjoy the fresh snow. :)