By Lauren Lenox
ESPN’s SEC Network reporter, Kaylee Hartung, shared her journalism career path when she visited an LSU graduate level Mass Communications classroom on Thursday morning.
Even with two phones and work to take care of, she spent a good 20 minutes with the class. Her advice to the students about landing their dream job was simple yet important.
“Create value where value doesn’t exist. Show up early, stay late and take advantage,” Hartung said.
As a Baton Rouge native, Hartung grew up as an LSU fan but moved away to experience college at Washington and Lee in Virginia.
She received degrees in Journalism and Politics and gained hands-on knowledge through internships while she was in school.
But when Hartung graduated, she found herself without a job.
Hartung was constantly making connections and trying to market herself to find some type of job. She interviewed for a job that she really did not want but with the help of a friend and honesty, she got it.
Two weeks later, Hartung received a call from NBC saying there was a spot for her and she jumped at the opportunity.
She worked the NBC Nightly News and took advantage of the opportunities. Her boss at the time referred her to the news chief for CBS News.
She then served as personal assistant to CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer. Hartung experienced long hours with the job but she was determined to get where she is today.
Today, Hartung resides in Austin, Texas, and is a SEC Network reporter. She is one of the hosts to the new program “SEC Nation” which airs on Saturday mornings during football season.
Her favorite part of the job is being able to meet people each place she goes and the stories she gets to share with others. Hartung won an Emmy with a story she shared about a boy with spinal diphia and his love for the University of Texas Longhorns.
On Saturday, Hartung will return to Baton Rouge to join the cast of “SEC Nation” and cover one of the most hyped up Southeastern Conference rivalries between the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide and No. 14 LSU Tigers.