MAYWOOD, N.J. — It was nearly 2:30 a.m., and the Red Sox had outlasted the Yankees in the 19-inning, 2015 marathon game when Maywood's Kaitlyn Kaminski realized her dream.
"I want to be a broadcast sports reporter," said the 2015 Hackensack High School graduate. "I want to work with a major sports network, but that's probably not going to happen."
Well, since the Penn State sophomore just landed an internship with AccuWeather, it could.
It wasn't until that 19-inning marathon game, which goes down in baseball history as one of the longest, that Kaminski considered herself a sports fan.
She wanted to know more about baseball. More about the teams on the field.
More about what it takes to become a broadcast sports reporter.
"So many of my friends changed their majors and I don't know why," said Kaminski, a broadcast major.
Kaminski knew from a young age that she wanted to be on television. She'd been watching Brian Williams for as long as she can remember and envisioned herself doing something similar.
So when she saw the AccuWeather internship in a school-wide email, she jumped at the opportunity, figuring it would get her closer to her dream.
She's been enjoying making one-minute voiceover reels on Pennsylvania forecasts for AccuWeather.com and some local networks. Her friends have been asking her about the recent storms, hoping she'll have the answers — or be able to predict class cancellations.
While Kaminski doesn't see herself doing weather reporting long-term, she knows it's all about the learning experience.
"Starting early is very important," said Kaminski, adding that many of her peers are only now looking for internships. "That's too late. You want to have the connections early."
Motivation is nothing new for Kaminski, according to her high school teacher, Chris Ryan.
"Kaitlyn Kaminski is among the most beautifully ambitious and purely hungry young journalists I have ever had the blessing to work with," Ryan said. "She impresses me continuously."
The student says she'll do anything it takes to get where she wants to be.
"I'll go anywhere," she said. "Even North Dakota."
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