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.)
Listen to “Just Plumb Gone”

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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