The Before Times
As her mother tells it, Meredith was always destined to be a reporter. She'd get up at 5:30am to watch the morning news before morning cartoons. She'd stage mock newscasts and wanted to be April O'Neil. She also ran around with the neighborhood boys pretending to be her when they played Ninja Turtles. Which honestly explains a lot about Meredith.
She joined the broadcast program at her high school when she was 15, slinging CDs and mini discs like it was 1999. But it wasn't. It was 1996. She especially loved delivering the news from the wires on the half hour, every half hour. And she wasn't half bad on the turntable. Sadly, those times were soon to be over. College was starting up a month after her graduation, and it was time to get serious about her future.
I'm On A Sci-Fi Radio (Show)
While working at a sci-fi and comic book shop during her first year at the University of Central Florida, she was approached to co-host a weekly radio show about... wait for it: science fiction and comic books. Sure, it was an hour long advertisement "Ask The Experts" style program on WDBO, bought and paid for by said comic shop. But it would bring her back to the radio life she loved. Like any good B-movie, it became a cult classic. Within a few months of being on the air as "The Sci-Fi Files" the show was picked up by the station, revamped and renamed "Radio-Sci-Fi". It quickly rose to the number one show in it's time slot in Orlando, and grew three hours longer. RSF even got syndicated in 32 markets, and put on this crazy new-fangled thing called a podcast network. It's like listening to radio, but online, and on your own time. Meredith was living the dream.
Then the world came to a halt. September 11, 2001. Meredith was sitting in her Public Relations class when news of the first World Trade Center fell. Her professor gave a moving speech, setting how this moment would live with us for the rest of our lives. As the university canceled classes for the rest of the day, Meredith was called into the station. All hands on deck. She soon found herself delivering news of the unfolding tragedy.
Then the night of Radio Sci-Fi came. They chose not to cancel the show; but Meredith, and her co-hosts knew it was not going to be an easy go of things. While talking about the week's lighter stories, they also took the time to share their feelings and thoughts on the attack. They took calls from listeners who wanted to add their own thoughts and tributes to those lost on that dark day. Three hours of fun and entertainment news became a a much needed outreach for sci-fi fans to come together, and work through the emotions of what had happened.
Her PR professor was right. 9/11 had changed things for America, and on a much deeper level for Meredith. As cliche as this paragraph is, it really did give Meredith a renewed purpose.
Having just finished her degree in Digital Media and Communications, Meredith made a U-turn back to UCF for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She had left her comic book like behind her and found herself in a new line of work as a stringer - a freelance news hound, chasing ambulances and cop cars with a bevy of digital scanners zip-tied to her car. Her mission: to get the footage local news stations couldn't or wouldn't, and sell it to the highest bidder.
During her last semester, her work as a stringer earned her an job at WESH 2 News in Orlando as an Associate Producer. Within a year, she had an offer from WPMI in Mobile, AL for a newly minted Field Producer position. It was as if they made it just for her. But Orlando wasn't done with her, not yet. Just as her contract was ending, a news production company reached out and was looking for an in studio producer for the latest story to grip the nation: the search for a missing two-year old girl, Caylee Anthony. With the opportunity to work alongside the major cable and network stations, Meredith returned to the city that molded her.
In 2010 the career offer of a life time came out of the blue. NBC Network News was looking to beef up their staff in their South East Bureau in Atlanta, GA. Suddenly Meredith found herself working with a team of journalists and producers that were some of the best in the industry. Some, whom Meredith had even grown up watching in South Florida and inspired her to become a reporter in the first place. It was the experience of a life time.
Meredith's time in local and national news saw her working on a wide range of stories, including being a part of Emmy award wining coverage for NBC's reports from Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake; the senseless murder of Trayvon Martin; and so much more. After fourteen years of working behind the scenes in the newsroom and in the field, it was time to move on. Not just from Atlanta, but from the industry that she had found so much passion in.
Burn out is something that happens to a lot of people in the world of journalism. You see a lot. And it's not just something you can leave at the office when you go home. It was time to move on.
So Meredith did the most sensible thing she could think of, and in the prime of her career, quit her job and moved to Los Angeles to not be an actor.
California (Knows How to Party)
Meredith landed in Los Angeles in July of 2014 and immediately got to work. Tapping back into her days as a pop culture expert ad professional talker, she landed a few gigs writing for various outlets and hosting a weekly news show for a digital channel. Reporting on the world of action films is just as exciting as real life action. Since her move, Meredith has traveled across the globe, covering film premieres and junkets for ComicBook.com; wrote about emerging technologies and video games for Geek.com and is a weekly host on TYT's What The Flick?! - breaking down the best and most cringe-worthy of what television has to offer. She was even named by Walter Yeates from Huffington Post as a trailblazer in science and technology in 2017.
That's cool, right?
While Meredith enjoys covering news, there's one dream she's always held close to her heart. But if she says any more, you'll have to sign an NDA.
Meredith lives in a loft in downtown LA's Arts District with her boyfriend and their five cats. She wants a chameleon.