By Whitney Berndt
Haley Hermus lives in Little Chute, Wisc., and is a per diem reporter for the 8th District in Wisconsin. She graduated in May of 2018 from Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wisc.
JCR | What theory do you use?
HH | Realtime Realwrite.
JCR | How long have you been an NCRA member?
HH | Since 2016.
JCR | How did you learn about the career?
HH | I was watching American Sniper and very closely followed the trial of the murder of Chris Kyle. It was after following his story that I realized that something in the court system was for me.
JCR | What was your biggest hurdle after finishing school?
HH | My biggest hurdle after finishing school was finding a job. I love my hometown, and I didn’t want to move, so unfortunately options are very limited with official positions. I guess that just goes to show how great of an area I live in!
JCR | What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?
HH | My greatest accomplishment was being asked to read back for the first time and absolutely nailing it. It was not only the scariest but also the most rewarding part of the job so far.
JCR | What was the best piece of advice you received from another reporter?
HH |The best advice I received was to stick with it. School can be so challenging with so many close test scores, but the end result will be so worth the journey.
JCR | How did you feel going into your first assignment/day on the job, and how did you feel coming out of it?
HH | Going into my first day on the job was so scary and full of butterflies, as any other job would be, but when I walked out of my first day, I had never smiled so big; and I realized I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect profession for me.
Whitney Berndt is a student at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, WI. She is a member of the NCRA New Professionals Committee and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org