Why She’s Amazing
Katrina Cravy doesn’t want to be a princess. She wants to be more.
After an “ah-ha” moment at age 15, Katrina set out for an internship at a local TV station. Since that time, she has turned her love of telling stories into a remarkable career.
After working in other markets, Katrina found a home in Milwaukee at FOX6. While at FOX6, she won an EMMY award for her work as the Contact 6 reporter with a mission to get cash back for viewers who had bad experiences with businesses and to try to stop it from happening to others. Katrina has also co-anchored each evening news timeslot, co-hosted the Real Milwaukee morning program and now hosts Studio A on FOX6.
We had a chance to ask Katrina a few questions. Read on, and we think you’ll agree that this modern day trailblazer’s motivation is nothing short of inspirational.
“Our challenge is to learn how to love ourselves and then love each other.” – Katrina Cravy
Q & A
Q: When you were a young girl, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?
A: In my 6th grade autobiography, I wrote, “I either want to be an architect or a Christian Rock singer.” Basically I liked to create things that were visual and I liked being on stage at church. Being a TV reporter and anchor seems a close second.
Q: What did people think when you told them that?
A: My parents and everyone around me always told me I could be anything I wanted to be if I was willing to work hard enough. I was a tomboy that asked for a football helmet and uniform when I was 11.
Q: Did people call you “princess” when you were a little girl and, if so, how did that make you feel?
A: I was never called “princess” and if someone had called me princess, I’m pretty sure I would have said something to immediately bounce me out of the sweet girl category.
Q: How did you become interested in broadcast media?
A: I loved writing for the school newspaper and being in school plays. So when I was 15, my cousin and I were sitting on the beach in California discussing what we wanted to do with our lives. Weird but true.
I said, “I don’t really know, but I like writing and acting.” My cousin said, “You’re an idiot. You should just be a TV reporter.” I’m sure she added the “idiot” part because it seems obvious but it was a AHA! moment for me.
I dusted off the sand and pretty much called a local TV station right after that and got an internship. Best to know you’re going to like the business you choose, before you pay big bucks for college.
Q: Did you have a mentor or role model who inspired you?
A: I loved Katie Couric growing up. Maybe it was the initials. I thought she was super funny and could interview anybody with ease. I also read all the biographies and autobiographies of every trailblazing woman TV journalist like Barbara Walters, Jessica Savitch, Leslie Stahl. Once you know the struggles they had, it makes your own seem easier.
Q: Did your family and friends support your aspirations?
A: My family is and continues to be extremely supportive. I’m sure it was hard for them to see me at age 23 pack everything I owned into my Toyota Corrola and drive by myself from California to my first job in West Virginia, but I was on a mission.
Q: Did you think about being called a “trailblazer” for choosing this path?
A: No, I don’t think I’m a trailblazer for choosing this path because a lot of great women cleared the path well before I came along. I guess you could say I’m a trailblazer for continuing to cut through the underbrush so we can all move forward.
Q: What motivates you?
A: I am obsessed with learning new things and I never want to let anyone down.
Q: Of what are you most proud?
A: My son. He just turned 10 and every day I’m so thankful I was able to assist God in this miracle. Billy is amazing.
Q: What would you like people to learn from you?
A: God loves us all. Our challenge is to learn how to love ourselves and then love each other.
Q: What three words would you like people to use to describe you?
A: Fun. Caring. Respectful.
Q: What do you want people to know about you outside of your accomplishments?
A: I’m really a nerd, but I’ve accepted it. Once you’re cool with your weaknesses, others can’t hurt you and they’re actually more attracted to you.
Outside of work, I spend a lot of time talking on the phone to relatives and friends. I play tennis and golf, and I teach Sunday school.
Q: Who do you follow on social media that shares your passion for relevant and honest dialogue?
A: I’m obsessed right now with owning my own business someday, so I can’t get enough of Marie Forleo, Ali Brown, Pat Flynn and Seth Godin, but I could name six others.
Q: If you could eat lunch with one person, who would it be?
A: Tina Fey
Q: Which woman would you choose to have on U.S. currency?
A: I could say Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, the typical names but I’m going to say Nellie Bly. Check her out.
Q: What advice would you give to a girl who right now wants to be just like you?
A: Be good to people and learn as much as you can.
Start writing about anything you find interesting.
Go to a great journalism college. I loved the University of Southern California.
And remember, to be successful you have to make sacrifices. You rarely can have it all, so ask yourself if you’ll be happy with the decision you’re about to make.
Bonus Question: What question would you ask the next Modern Day Trailblazer we interview?
A: What was your greatest defeat and how did you overcome it?
- Katrina was the quarterback of her school’s 6th grade boys football team.
- The latest book she read was The Circle by Laura Day.
- Katrina’s go-to karaoke song is “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” sung by Rizzo on Grease.
- She is usually right on time.
- Katrina’s favorite quote is “Treat others as you want to be treated.”
- She’s currently binge watching Marvel’s Agents of Shield.