NCRA member recognized in local newspaper

The Griswold American posted a press release on Dec. 4 issued by NCRA on behalf of Stephanie Cousins, RPR, from Griswold, Iowa, announcing that she recently earned the Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) certification.

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NCRA member appointed to state court reporters board

A press release issued by the office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Nov. 14 announced that NCRA member Robin Sunkees, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CPE, an official court reporter from Carlsbad, has been appointed to the state’s Court Reporters Board.  

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Retiring Peabody clerk recommends NCRA member for job

The Salem News, Salem, Mass., reported on Nov. 12 that NCRA member Allyson Danforth, RPR, a freelance court reporter from Wenham, Mass., has been recommended for nomination by the city council to become city clerk.

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NCRA member honored for World War II service at local elementary school

The Newark Advocate posted an article on Nov. 11 about NCRA Lifetime Retired member James Cooper of Newark, Ohio, being honored by students at a local elementary school for his service during World War II.

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Nebraska Supreme Court recognizes NCRA member

News Channel Nebraska reported on Nov. 1 about official Court Reporter Kris Riekenberg, RPR, being recognized by the Nebraska Supreme Court for 30 years of service.

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Kendra Johnston wins the NCRA September membership renewal campaign

Kendra Johnston, RMR, CRR, Charleston, S.C.

Our congratulations to Kendra Johnston, RMR, CRR, of Charleston, S.C., who was randomly chosen among all those who renewed their NCRA membership in September to win a $300 Amazon gift credit. The renewal rewards continue: renew in October for your chance at a $100 prize.

When asked about why she initially joined NCRA, Johnston explained,”I became a member of NCRA (then NSRA)  because I wanted to be involved and learn all I could about my profession. I’ve attended many of the seminars, enjoyed spending time with other reporters, and learned so much from them.”

Johnston shared about her passion for the court reporting profession:

“I’ve been reporting for over 35 years and still love it, find it challenging and rewarding. I love working with familiar clients and meeting new people. I’ve had the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally. I went from typing transcripts from my notes all the way to realtime. Every job is an opportunity to improve my skills, brief on the fly, edit from my writer, learn.  It never gets boring!”

Renew early to win

Members who renew their NCRA membership by Sept. 30, 2019, will be entered into a drawing to win a $300 Amazon gift card. In addition, you’ll be in the running for any of the other smaller prizes offered in October. Renewing early and online helps NCRA save money by decreasing printing and mailing costs and keeps your Association functioning smoothly.

NCRA membership includes many great benefits:

  • Subscriptions to the JCR Magazine and the JCR Weekly
  • Access to multiple certification programs with discounts on Written Knowledge and online Skills Tests
  • A listing in the NCRA Sourcebook, the largest directory of court reporters, captioners, legal videographers, court reporting instructors, and proofreaders and scopists
  • Access to discounted group insurance programs through Mercer for business and personal insurance including liability and errors and omissions
  • Significant savings on can’t-miss networking and educational events at the NCRA Business Summit (Feb. 9-11, 2020) and the NCRA Convention & Expo (Aug. 6-9, 2020) 
  • First-class online educational opportunities

Members who renew in September enjoy the following benefits:

  • It’s green; less mail to you.
  • It’s clutter-free; fewer reminder emails to your inbox.
  • It’s beneficial; your benefits are not interrupted.

Renewing is easy and available online at NCRA.org/renew or by calling 800-272-6272.

Past NCRA member Lynn T. Jones passes

The Billings Gazette reported on Aug. 22 that past NCRA member Lynn T. Jones, 97, died on Aug. 19. Jones was the first stenograph (machine) court reporter in Montana.

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‘I know you’re exhausted, but you can do this’

Elise Townes, RPR

Elise Townes, RPR, a freelancer from Rockford, Mich., posted the following in the Facebook group “Encouraging Court Reporting Students.”

Why do you love court reporting? Share your reasons with us at jcrfeedback@ncra.org and post with #whyilovecourtreporting.

Tonight was a pretty big night for me. I just submitted my very first transcript to the attorneys! This has all been about seven years in the making. I’m a single mother, and this whole process has not been easy!

I felt like it took me forever to get out of school. My school (The College of Court Reporting) was fantastic! I just had to work while I was in school and had two young children, so it took me a bit longer. 

After that, it took me a few more years to become certified. It was tough finding time and energy to practice, especially not being in school. I finally decided to quit my work and focus solely on practicing for the last leg of the RPR, and it worked. I was finally certified in December of last year and then earned my CSR certification right after.

I was a teen mom (twice). I have had to struggle immensely for this, and it’s all been to give my kids the life they deserve. They’re the reason for all of it. A few months ago, I accepted a job as an official reporter in Colorado and made the huge move from Michigan.

I’ve only been working for a month, but it feels so amazing to be able to say I finally made it and to tell all of you that YOU CAN DO THIS. Don’t give up!!! I know you’re exhausted. I know you’re feeling burnt out. I know it feels like it’s taking forever. Persevere and power through because you’ve got this, and it’s worth it!!

Phipps Reporting acquires Accurate Stenotype

Phipps Reporting has acquired Accurate Stenotype, a 43- year-old Tallahassee-based court reporting firm. “Aligning with firms like Accurate who share our core values is part of our strategic plan to become one of the strongest firms in the industry. This acquisition further enhances our commitment to quality stenographic services and ethics,” said Christine Phipps, RPR, President and CEO of Phipps Reporting based in West Palm Beach.

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