There’s a News Van in My Driveway

It began with an email. It was January 2, 2012. I had the day off from work. I’d slept in and finally dragged my butt to the gym to brave the crowds of Resolutioners and hope to find a machine available. I was on the elliptical for about 45 minutes when I got an email.

At first I thought it was spam. I get a lot of strange emails. Then I saw who the reporter was. She was from KATU news here in Portland. It was legit!

Wait. In the next hour??

I emailed her back saying I was interested but that I was currently at the gym. I was almost done. She called me immediately and we arranged to meet at my house in a few minutes. I hurried home. I wanted to shower and change and look something like this:

But the reporter specifically said she wanted me to be sweaty from the gym. Sweaty. Not what I really wanted for my television debut! The reporter and her camera man arrived. Instead of the above photo, I looked more like this:

Oh well. It was still an amazing opportunity. Emily, the reporter, was incredibly nice and down-to-earth. She asked probing questions and put me at ease immediately. They stayed for over an hour. We did a sit down interview, then moved to the kitchen to share some of the foods I eat on a regular basis.

She asked me about running, Hood to Coast, biking, swimming, how I eat, if I struggled to lose the weight, how I keep it off…she covered everything. The interview finished up with me putting my bike on the trainer and riding a bit in the living room.

They headed out to get back to the station in time to edit the footage. Clips of my interview were shown at the 4pm, 5pm and 6pm evening news that night! It was a fast turn around. I recorded the newscasts on our DVR but unfortunately they are not on the website in clip form. I was hoping it would be so I could share it here. πŸ™ Does anyone know how to get DVR recordings onto a disc or the computer?

It was a fun experience and totally surreal. It was strange seeing myself talking on television. But what an exciting start to the new year!

QUESTION: Can you help me get the shows off the DVR? Have you ever been on TV?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

38 thoughts on “There’s a News Van in My Driveway”

    1. You have no idea how horrified I was that she didn’t want me to shower and dress normally. I hadn’t plucked my eyebrows in a week. My hair was a mess. It was awful. πŸ˜‰

  1. congrats again, Lisa! I was home cooking dinner with the news on, and suddenly there you were! such a surprise and so cool! πŸ™‚

    did you ask them (the news channel, or even the reporter who originally emailed you?) if they have a clip they can send? there has to be one! πŸ™‚
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  2. Do you have TiVo or do you have a DVR through your cable provider? My understanding is that you can transfer a TiVo file to the computer, but some DVR recordings from the local cable provider’s box can’t be transferred. It has to do with the interface between the recording device and your computer (or your network).

    Congratulations being featured on the news! Sorry you weren’t able to dress up!

  3. Wow, that’s crazy that it was so spur of the moment. Congrats on the story! I can’t help you with the DVR problem. Sorry! Like someone else said, I think you can get a DVD or tape of the news broadcast if you contact the station.
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    1. Yes!! I was so excited about it. I also shared my news with the reporter that I wrote a book I wanted to get published. Unfortunately, she cut that out of the interview. Oh well. πŸ™‚

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