Just Plumb Gone

Devastation near the home of Virgina and Tim Miller in Apison, Tennessee after the deadly tornado of April 27, 2011. (Photo by the Millers.)
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Mary Helen Miller put a big smile on my face when she offered the following advice to station-based producers: Sneak out the back door with the tape recorder and make something good.

Mary Helen worked at WUTC in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a while where she said she left the station with her microphone as often as possible — even when no one was looking. She says working in the field means more work but the tape you gather brings life to a story so she “snuck out” whenever she could.

One of her forays into the field led to the production of a story that won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award in 2013. The piece is called “Just Plumb Gone.”

Congratulations, Mary Helen and hopefully you’ll inspire other producers to “sneak out the back door.”

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