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Today is it!


My last day on the job at KATU. How much you wanna bet, they send me to the mountain today? LOL. There’s a snow advisory in the Cascades and I’ll bet you loads of money, they’ll send me up to cover the snow!
Anna Song was researching me the other day in our archives and she says to me,

“You know something”

“What?” I ask.

“You’ve been to the mountains or the coast like…at least 150 times in six years!”

Really? Why does that not surprise me? I’m always the the one they send! 150 times? Thats a lot. Keep in mind, I’m only a reporter two days a week. 150? I think I’d better research that myself!

Anyway, today I will be very sad at 7 pm when I leave the KATU doors for the last time. I will miss the people. I will miss the fun. I will miss the behind-the-scenes crews who work so hard to make this thing called “news” work. I will miss meeting someone new every time I am in the field reporting the news. I’ve met politicians (yes they really are like that), movie stars (Drew Carey is hilarious. Peter Jennings was an amazing person), so many PIO’s (public information officers) I can’t even count. I’ve met children dying from horrible diseases with the courage and strength no adult could muster. I’ve met homeless people, ultra-rich people, stupid criminals and smart ones—even a man convicted of murdering his wife.

What have I done for a story? I’ve jumped into the freezing cold Clackamas River just to feel how cold it was myself. I’ve ridden in a glider. I’ve driven a car right into a lake (it was really a boat). I’ve flown in teeny weeny planes. I’ve eaten some pretty nasty food. I’ve cruised in jet 2 over a wild fire for 6 hours. I’ve walked up to the edge of a 300 feet landslide. I’ve driven a Ferrari at over 100 mph down interstate 84. I’ve put flowers on the Rose Parade floats. I’ve Para-sailed. I’ve explored the depths of an underground civil war bunker. I’ve stood on Ecola point with 80 miles per hour winds hitting me so hard my ears rang for days afterwards. I ice skated on Grant Park during the ice storm.

I’ve also had to cover airline disasters, murders, accidents and house fires. Families who have lost everything to war, famine, fire and deceit. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to knock on a door to ask a mother if she would talk about her dead child to me. How I did it, I do not know. I HATED it. She always hated me. I can still feel the glare of almost every mother I had to ask this of. It’s the most horrible feeling in the world. All I’ve ever wanted to do is hug them. To tell them I’m sorry, to comfort them and try to steal away their pain. This part of being a journalist I did not like. Sometimes I felt like a criminal myself.

Oh, but this career has taught me so much. I would not be who I am if it were not for all the amazing experiences I have had–both good and bad. It has proved to me that people no matter who they are—are just that—people. We all have the same insecurities, the same hopes, the same fears, the same goals. We all just want to be happy and fulfilled. I’ve learned that persistence pays off. If you keep swinging that baseball bat, you WILL hit one out of the park. It’s physics. It HAS to happen. Ive learned that anyone CAN do anything. It’s our choice to make our lives what we want to make of them. And everyone chooses their own path whether they realize it or not.

Life is not about what happens to you. It’s about how you react to it.

My last day at KATU today. My last story. My last time on the air. It’s also the first day of the rest of my life. How exciting!

Thanks for watching out there.

Until Next Time,


  1. James says:

    Will miss seeing you on the weekend news. Your cherriness and personality were always a great way to start the weekend. Best wishes in the future.

  2. Mark M says:

    Julia – I’ve watched you for years and been a huge fan. This post explains why I enjoyed watching you on the air better than any comment I could leave. I was always amazed however, how “they” managed to ship you out to the latest ice storm or blizzard out in the Gorge. Maybe the producers figured your ice skating background would give you special insight, and you know, keep THEM from having to go.
    Good luck taking the next step!


  3. Scott C says:

    My wife and I will miss seeing you on the weekends telling us of what to expect in the weather….it beats getting up and going outside to find out… Good Luck in your photo career. I really enjoy looking at your work. Maybe someday, I will venture out as you have done and just do it……


    PS. I found your blog a while back while reading a few comments on the DWF site. And searching for other PDX photogs.

    Congrats again…

  4. Amy Prutch says:

    Congratulations! I thought about you and your new adventure when I got up this morning!

    Knock ’em dead and hope to lunch with you soon!


  5. Scott Christensen says:

    Julia, you were right… wife and I had a good laugh watching you in the blizzard….LOL.


  6. Dave says:

    From the day I hired you in San Luis Obispo, I knew there were great things in store for you. All the best in your new venture. Images have always been important; yours will enhance the world.

  7. Karl Andres says:

    Good luck Julia,
    I will miss you so much. I went to katu your picture had been taken off already. They took it off really fast. Do you know why they took Grant Mcomies off to. Any how best of luck to you in your new career. I will check it often. I have cried so much since you left. It was an emotional thing seeing you leave. It is like leaving your best friend from elementary school.
    Best of wishes,

  8. Orion says:


    We just finished the first weekend without you, and we’re missing you. I know it must feel at least a little strange being away, right? Something in the back of your head must have been saying, “Wait… where am I supposed to be right now?” Hopefully the other, more fun and exciting things at the front of your head drowned that out with cheers.

    Wishing you great success and joy,

  9. Bob says:

    I miss seeing you on KATU but hope that you keep up your blog so that we can keep up with what you are doing.

    I always wondered why you seemed to be in news stories all over the place instead of the news room.

    Congratulations on your accomplishments of the past and we are looking forward to hearing about what you are going to accomplish in the future!

    Did I mention that I missed seeing you giving the weather this weekend!


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