Xavier Magazine

Candid Career

If variety is the spice of life, then Laura Chapnick’s career is well-seasoned. The 1990 graduate is a freelance television producer, blending a dash of commercials and news reporting with a pinch of sports and entertainment. Among her portfolio: work for CBS News, Discovery, “Inside Edition,” Fox Sports and the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

It all started when “Candid Camera” came to Cleveland, where she was working in radio. She quit her job to become the show’s temporary production assistant, traveling around the country, gathering experience and contacts. She took that experience and began freelancing commercial productions.

After moving to Cincinnati, she received a call from the show “Extra.” They wanted her to do a piece on stroller aerobics. “I got in their Rolodex as the local person to do shows for them.”

The work hasn’t stopped since. Some of her more memorable moments: helping with a piece on Woody Harrelson for “Headliners and Entertainers”; a commercial with Florence Henderson; and a story on the oldest living male conjoined twins.

“They were very quiet, but by the end of the day I was their friend,” she says. “If at the end of an assignment I’ve come out their friend, then I know I’ve done my job. The best thing about being a journalist is going in and getting people to open up to you and tell you their stories.”

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