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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:
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”
January 29, 2012 Leave a comment
2. Entrants must be at least 21 years old and must be from WBAY-TV’s viewing area. Employees of WBAY-TV, Young Broadcasting Inc., participating sponsors, competing television stations, cable and satellite companies, and their immediate families are not eligible.
3. The contest entry period is Monday, Saturday January 28, 2012 – Friday, February 10, 2012. You can donate/vote as many times as you would like. For every $1 donated, you receive 1 vote and 1 entry.
4. Odds of winning are determined by the number of valid entries.
5. One winner will be chosen by random drawing Saturday, February 11 from all entries received.
6. The prize of two tickets to the “Dancing With the Stars” is valued at $160; the wine basket is valued at $150.
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8. A donation to the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross qualifies you for entries.
9. This contest may be discontinued or rules changed at any time without notice.
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December 25, 2011 Leave a comment
Hi! I am the lone weather girl in the area. You’ll find me on the weekend morning shows as well as noon and 4pm broadcasts during the week. I’ve forecasted weather in Wisconsin for nearly ten years and for the past year or so I have been at WBAY. Despite a strong dislike for our winter weather, I haven’t been able to escape! I graduated from University of Wisconsin Green Bay in 2005 and furthered my Meteorology studies through US-Graduate School and received my AMS Seal of Approval from the American Meteorology Society in 2010. I was born and raised right here in Green Bay, WI. If you can believe it, I am one of seven children and spent the first six years of my life living above our family-owned Dairy Queen just blocks from Lambeau field. I still reside in Green Bay with my beautiful daughter, Jaiden, and our two kittens.
When I’m not tracking storms, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I love softball, biking, disc golfing, and gardening. If I can get away, I’ll head to the nearest beach too! Indoor hobbies of mine include playing video games, listening to music, playing blackjack and cheering on the Brewers!
My favorite Dancing with the Stars winner is Nicole Scherzinger from Season 10. I loved her as a musical artist before her stint on Dancing with the Stars. Not only can the girl sing, but also she showed what incredible dance skills she has on the show. My dream dance partner would have to be Justin Timberlake.
I like dancing. Although I’ve not had any professional training, I was a cheer leader on the pom pon squad in high school. Although maybe not my first memory, but my fondest memories of dancing include cheer camps and our pom squad taking 4th place at the Midwest Competition during my junior year.
I think many of us feel the need to help others out where we can. So, when I was approached to participate in this year’s local Dancing with the Stars event, it was a no-brainer. I am honored to help such a great organization that provides vital support to those in need.
December 20, 2011 3 Comments
Hi! My name is Matt Smith and I am a Weekend Morning Anchor and Reporter. I have the pleasure of waking up at 4am every Saturday and Sunday with fellow Star, Rebecca Schuld (in different homes obviously…!), to let you know the world hasn’t ended overnight while telling you about all the murderers and robbers running around. Seriously, I love my job and am very thankful to be working for WBAY – a station that still has a strong emphasis on journalism and community involvement. I am aMinnesotanative living in Packers’ territory. I attendedSt.John’sUniversityinMinnesota, with a degree in communications and political science. Some of my hobbies include watchingMinnesotasports lose games, running, and spending time with families both inWisconsinandMinnesota. I’d like to thank my family fromMinnesotawho will be making the trip to watch me dance and help raise money for the Red Cross!
My first memory as a dancer is with my Grandparents. My Grandma thought it would be a great idea to put some end-table decorations on our heads and dance around the living room. I was 18. Just kidding! More seriously, at our first dance in the 7th grade, out of all of my middle school friends I was the first to ask a girl to dance with me. I still brag about that with my friends to this day! Watching Dancing with the Stars on ABC, my favorite dancer would have to be Nancy Grace. “Wardrobe malfunction.” Justice served. Enough said.
Because of my journalism career in Green Bay, I have a unique relationship with the Red Cross. I get to cover all of the fires and disasters and see the Red Cross in action. From the Green Bay apartment fire in the middle of the winter to our brave local volunteers driving towards the heart of a disaster across country, the need is real. So, too, is their passion. The impact of our local Red Cross chapter cannot be summed up in words or numbers but through all the stories of those touched in their darkest moments.