Kate Songin Measer ’11 is still basking in the glow of her first Emmy win. A producer at WRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Washington, DC, Measer received the award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for “Outstanding Newscast.” She was recognized for her 6 p.m. newscast focusing on the shooting at the Republican Congressional baseball team’s practice in Alexandria, VA in June 2017.
“In the news business, receiving an Emmy is definitely a career highlight,” says Measer, a communication studies graduate. “To be recognized for something I am so passionate about is extremely rewarding.”
But the news business isn’t all glitz and glamour.
“The days are long but they go by quickly because the news is constantly changing and breaking,” says Measer. “Some call it stress but I call it excitement. My heart is always pumping, and I love that about this industry.”
Measer is first and foremost a journalist, dedicated to telling stories accurately and in and unbiased fashion. As a producer, she is responsible for the overall editorial content of the broadcast, as well as a team of reporters, photographers and writers.
Measer first caught the journalism bug during her junior year at Canisius as an intern at WGRZ-TV Channel 2. But the seeds were planted much sooner.
“Growing up my family watched the Today Show religiously and Katie Couric was my idol!” says Measer. “I was even voted ‘Most Likely to be Katie Couric’ in high school.”
At Channel 2, Measer learned the ropes from seasoned reporter Claudine Ewing, who also taught her broadcast journalism at Canisius. She landed a producing job after graduation, and then went to the NBC affiliate in Phoenix for several years before heading to Washington. While it was always Measer’s goal to work in DC, it happened by chance.
“My husband, Greg, landed a job in Washington after law school, so we moved,” she said. “I kept bothering NBC until they hired me!”
The couple enjoys all that the fast-paced city has to offer.
“It’s fun to be downtown near all the monuments,” says Measer. “That never gets old.”
She also never tires of the fact that many of the faces you see on NBC – such as the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin ‒ got their start at her station. And, she met her childhood idol.
“I had the chance to meet Katie when she stopped by my station a few months ago to say hi to her former colleagues,” says Measer. “She was everything I hoped she would be: classy, sassy and super smart.”
While Measer ultimately chose producing over reporting, it’s clear she made her dreams come true.