TV reporter lets personal life guide her

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For many in the TV news business, the jump from city to city is guided by the head, and not the heart.

Courtney Fischer, 28, hopes she can have the best of both worlds. In Pittsburgh less than two months, the Chicago native and 2007 DePauw University graduate has been doing freelance reporting for WTAE-TV.

"My fiance lives back here," said Ms. Fischer, who until late May was a reporter and part-time anchor for NBC affiliate WLEX-TV, aka LEX 18, in Lexington, Ky. "We kind of realized this is a place we could be long term and we both love it here."

Her fiance, Keith Schonberger, is a Pittsburgh-based geologist for Chevron. After they became officially engaged, Ms. Fischer began networking in earnest.

"Instead of going to my next stop [professionally], it was making the move and taking the chance," she said. "All my life, I thought I would just follow the job, and so this is the first time personal life took precedence over professional life. But I'm thrilled."

Her first two stories at WTAE were Pittsburgh-centric. She went to Latrobe to report from Steelers camp and, more recently, interviewed John Fetterman, the ubiquitous mayor of Braddock.

"It was a fitting welcome," she said.

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Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.


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