Moms know the drill. They have to keep on top of it all: school schedules, health appointments, sports activities, and local events.
Kristian Brown is one of those moms. With three children, she is busy keeping tabs on her brood’s homework, sports matches, and visits to friends. At the same time, she works as a news reporter and anchor at 13abc WTVG-TV, keeping the rest of us
informed with the news we need.
Lights, Camera, Action
Brown got her first taste of broadcasting at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, as a member of the class of 1996. She recalls her excitement at being asked to do the morning announcements, saying she was hooked on broadcasting from that moment. With the help of her late father, Pastor Richard Brown, she learned and developed time management skills and study habits. Then she took her enthusiasm and abilities to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University to earn a degree in broadcast journalism. Following her first job was as a reporter at KTVE in Monroe, LA, she returned to work at WTOL TV 11 in Toledo before joining 13abc.
She has a long list of awards and honors for her work on television, including Toledo’s coveted 20 Under 40 Award in 2007, the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association Media Achievement Award in 2008, and a Telly Award and Associated Press award for her story entitled “Hip Hop Math.”
Keeping us all informed forces her to work long days, learning to balance the fluctuating schedules of a broadcaster with that of a wife and mom. “I absolutely believe that being a mom made me a better journalist. I believe I am tapped into what moms want to know to keep their families safe, because I feel the same way. But, at the same time, I don’t have it all together; it’s a constant effort,” Brown said.
She credits her mom and her husband Terrill with keeping things going on the home front. “I am blessed that my mother is retired. She has been the true force in allowing me to keep a balance. It is tough working 9:30am to 6:30pm. My kids have after-school activities, they have homework, we have to keep up with the laundry and make sure dinner is made. My mom plays the role of tutor, and my husband is the after-school ‘Uber’ for the kids and their activities. It is not always seamless, but we make it work.”
Breathe, Believe, Receive
Brown has some good advice for other working moms. “Breathe. Find time to do something you love for an hour a day. I enjoy going to the gym. It makes me feel accomplished and it also make my health a priority.”
She continues, “Believe. You must believe that you are making an impact in your home. Sometimes it feels like the work will never end, but all your hard work will pay off. One day, your kids will be appreciative, compassionate and positive contributors to the community.”
“Receive,” she insists. “We all like to think we can do it all…but sometimes we cannot. If someone offers a hand, let them. Use the extra time to breathe!”
“I’ve learned to do what I can,” this busy working mom explains, “and not cry over what I cannot. I surrender the rest in prayer.” Good advice!