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I’ve been a performer my entire life and now I not only play a news reporter on TV, but I get to live out a fantasy and be a dancer!!!Born on New York’s Long Island I had dreams of performing on Broadway. Those dreams quickly faded after I took my first ballet class and got yelled at ALL THE TIME for talking more than dancing. Oh and I can’t sing either.So, after my failed attempt at NYC stardom (or my dad’s job transfer), my family moved to the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA and that’s what I call home. A regular tomboy, I grew up playing soccer and basketball and rooting for the Steelers, the Penguins, and the Pirates. The Buccos are hard to root for today after 20+ losing seasons, but the Steelers and the Pens still have my heart.
I took my love of sports and turned it into a college scholarship playing soccer at Elon College (now Elon University) in North Carolina. I double majored in Communications with a Broadcast emphasis and Journalism. Following my four years at Elon, I hit the road once again for NYC, after I landed a job at MSNBC. I worked behind the scenes for a year before getting my BIG BREAK!! I was hired as a reporter for WENY (often referred to as weenie) in Elmira, NY. After two and a half years in the Southern Tier I moved three hours south to Altoona, PA and worked for the CBS affiliate there before landing in Green Bay in 2005.
Since moving to Green Bay seven years ago, I’ve jumped out of a perfectly good airplane because someone asked me to be a “celebrity” skydiver. I’ve also taken the Polar Bear Plunge into Lake Michigan in Jacksonport on January 1st for a story and I’ve fallen in love with a Yooper!
It’s been quite a ride here in Northeast Wisconsin and none of it would have been possible without the love and support of my family and friends. I especially want to thank my parents for giving me my dance floor skills and my boyfriend Adam (Rock) Rockman for just being on my team.
HERE WE GO!!!
Check out Emily and her dance partner Jay doing an East Coast Swing:
Learn a bit more about Emily —–
Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? I remember dancing in the kitchen as a kid at a very young age. My parents grew up in the 50’s/60’s so Motown was often playing in our house. My dad was always spinning my mom around the kitchen doing a Jitterbug or a Cha-Cha. I loved when my dad would grab my hand for my turn to take a spin! Thirty-five years later, my parents continue to dance and I still love dancing with my dad!
Who is your dream dance partner? As a girl who grew up watching Dirty Dancing, I think the late Patrick Swayze would be my dream dance partner. Nobody puts Baby/me in a corner!
But if I had to choose someone who was still living it would definitely be Maksim Chmerkovskiy. I just love how he pushes his partners and the limits on DWTS!! And let’s be honest, he’s just HOT!!!
Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why? You can take the girl out of Pittsburgh, but you can’t take Pittsburgh out of the girl which is why Hines Ward is definitely my favorite “celebrity” dancer of all time on DWTS. I remember watching Hines hoist the Mirror Ball trophy while answering phones for the Red Cross Heartbreak to Hope telethon at WBAY-TV last year.
Why support the American Red Cross with your participation? As a news reporter I often see people at their worst, whether they’ve lost their home to a fire or a loved one to war. These are always heartbreaking stories, but at times they’re also uplifting because I get to see firsthand what the American Red Cross does to help others. Everything from giving a child a blanket or a stuffed animal to help comfort them following a tragedy to feeding the first responders who arrive at a scene, the Red Cross really does help to change lives. Plus, this one time, a volunteer gave me and all the other reporters and photographers a really good breakfast sandwich while we were covering an event!
Hobbies or passions: In no particular order of importance…
- Steelers Football, don’t hate me, I’m not a Green Bay native
- Soccer, I played in college and I still play today
- Cooking, I love to try new recipes and would love to cook with any of the chefs on The Food Network
- My nephews, 4-year old twins Matty and Tommy and their baby brother who is expected to make his debut in January of 2013.
- “I LOVE to dance!” — quoting Sarah Jessica Parker from my favorite 80’s movie “Girls Just Want to have Fun”