PUBLISHED: 4:53 PM on Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Amanda Gragert Capital City Weekly

  Amanda Gragert
What is your definition of success?

Success is having a well-rounded and balanced life-style. A career that allows me to apply my education and makes me happy at the same time, as well as helping others is a success.

What special challenges or advantages have you faced because you're a woman?

When I was a photographer as a college freshman, I often faced challenges from those who thought a woman had no place on the sidelines of a football game. However, being a woman is often an advantage because some people are more comfortable talking to a female reporter.

What has been your motivation?

My motivation has been to be able to have adventure with a career, and be a positive influence on others. If I can help someone realize their potential in the world of journalism by doing my job well and having fun, then that keeps me motivated to continue. I'm also motivated by the wonderful communities served by the Capital City Weekly. Being a news source and a voice for the people and organizations across Southeast Alaska is very important to me.

How did you get started in this business?

I feel as though journalism, in a way, chose me. I've been interested in various aspects of mass media since I was a small child and have been exposed to amazing programs and opportunities, which have taught me various skills. I started my career by getting involved at college, working part time at a community paper as an education reporter and earning a bachelor's degree from West Texas A&M University. I then decided to stay open minded about opportunities that came my way, and taking the one that was a step in the right direction and adventurous at the same time.

Who was your mentor, and how have they influenced you?

I have been lucky and have had mentors all along my life's path. My parents were both motivated people with college education and careers, my high school journalism teacher sparked my interest, two college professors, especially Beth Leschper, nurtured my talent and gave me confidence in myself, and an employer who trusted me to do a good job and take a chance with a young adult.