“Let’s tuck our baby in one last time.”

April 15, 2014 0 Comments

“Let’s go tuck our baby in one last time.” It was the line that sent tears streaming down my face and chills up my spine and would forever change the way I looked at the bullying issue. I was in a movie theater watching “Bully.” Kirk Smalley was on the screen, whispering those words into […]

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You went to catholic school??

April 10, 2014 0 Comments

People are always surprised when I tell them that I went to catholic school from kindergarten through 12th grade. I laugh about that and wonder if I have devilish horns popping out of my anchor helmet hair. Their surprise is always followed up with “Oh my God…did you hate it?” “That had to have been […]

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KWWL: The house that STEELE built

April 1, 2014 1 Comment

I remember getting the call from the “NBC affiliate in Waterloo, Iowa.” I was sitting at lunch with a friend in a Chili’s in Greenville, North Carolina. I was unhappy where I was at the time in my career…I wanted to find a station where I felt supported…I wanted to find a place where my […]

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The high road doesn’t mean staying silent…

March 27, 2014 2 Comments

“Does it really matter?” “Take the high road!” “You’re giving him what he wants by responding!!” “By getting a reaction from you, they won!” Whenever I vent, or address a pretty nasty comment from someone, these are some of the reactions I get. ┬áLet me just get “real” for a moment…after someone made some derogatory […]

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“Cheap, Trashy Fluzzie”

March 25, 2014 3 Comments

“Amanda you and Shelly Russel need to take off the bright red lipstick as it makes you look like a cheap trashy fluzzie.” Since when did “living in the fishbowl” give people the right to call me or one of my colleagues/dear friends names? A red lipstick…a RED LIPSTICK makes us look like a cheap, […]

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Sticks and stones…

March 24, 2014 2 Comments

One of my favorite quotes is from Eleanor Roosevelt. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” I often read this quote out loud after I see things that are posted about me or my colleagues on social media. I’ve talked about living in the glass fish bowl before. I can […]

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Ban BOSSY?? eh…

March 18, 2014 1 Comment
Ban BOSSY?? eh…

Not sure how I feel about this whole campaign to ban the word “bossy” for girls. I completely agree that we want to encourage our daughters to be assertive, strong leaders. ┬áBut let’s be honest…sometimes “bossy” can sum up the way someone is acting. I’ve heard my daughter be bossy. “Go get me that now! […]

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Dear Middle-School Girl,

March 10, 2014 14 Comments

“What makes you beautiful?” It’s the question I often ask first when I start talking to middle-school girls. One girl said, “inner beauty.” I know girls don’t believe that. I know they don’t believe that inner beauty is valued in middle school. So I called their bluff. I wanted honesty – I wanted to know […]

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Ashes…not dirt

March 5, 2014 7 Comments

“Ma’am, you have dirt on your head.” Ahh yes. It never fails. Every year on Ash Wednesday I hear something similar. Every year. When I was a kid, I remember I would bee-line into the bathroom at Holy Name of Jesus School to quickly scrub my ashes off. I mean…someone could see me with dirt […]

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I’ve been a slacker…

February 26, 2014 2 Comments

I just noticed the date of my last blog post. Hellooooooo slacker!! It has been a crazy month. An emotional month. I went to Des Moines to talk about bullying. (Coolest moment of my career thus far) My 2-year-old son had a pretty bad cold. Two days later, he had pneumonia. Scariest moment of parenthood […]

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