Check out "On Her Watch ," this month's Buzz Spotlight on Molly Grantham. Here's more from that interview.
You seem to always be on air, but what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
My husband (Wes) and I travel a lot. We love playing with our dog (Fisher, whom they adopted from CMPD's Animal Control). I love taking pictures. I used to develop my own stuff, black-and-white film, but I don't have time now. I'd like to say I work out more, but that would be a lie. I like writing. We're big into family. I love my three brothers.
Do you think television journalists are celebrities?
My honest opinion, in TV you can make that what your job is about. I truly believe that is not the main reason we're doing this job. Any journalist is a really cool job. And it can be a very powerful one. And you have to use it wisely.
How has the Internet affected media?
It's instant. People are online all the time. It can attract younger viewers. I also think you need to make sure you're checking your facts. If people sent you video and pictures and said this is from that, you can't just air them. Citizen journalism can be great; it can be someone who was there when you weren't there. It can be eyewitness accounts. But it can also be sketchy.
What is the most satisfying story you've done?
Can I give you three answers to that?
(1) The gang show was great, because I did eight to ten stories the week leading up, on gangs in Charlotte. We really had some good stories about things on gangs that many people didn't know about.
(2) Before that I was in Kentucky, embedded in a National Guard unit. In the barracks, embedded in a field artillery brigade in Fort Campbell when we bombed Baghdad in March 2003. Hearing [soldiers] calling home, trying to explain to their loved ones what was going on. And oftentimes they were trying to get information themselves.
(3) I do a lot with Make-A-Wish. You can learn so much from kids. A few weeks after moving here, I started doing the Hope Stout stories and it really changed my entire existence here in Charlotte. The strength that these kids have. Hope was very unique, and in the same breath, a lot of kids I meet who have cancer appear to be just like her. They are in a different place, they just have this strength. Cancer has hit my family really hard and I'm very in tuned with what's being done in research to fight it. When a kid has cancer, it just strikes you in a different way.
I volunteer with Make-A-Wish because of Hope. I co-hosted the Celebration of Hope Gala in 2007 and will again in January 08 (www.marchforthwithhope.org ). It's so special to be able to meet those families. And you hope that those stories can translate through a television screen from people who don't get to meet them.
What's your New Year's resolution?
To stop eating French fries, at least for 40 days. No, that's Lent (laughs). I'll try to give up French fries, then when that one doesn't work out, and I've been meaning to do this for so long, to start writing letters. Hand writing letters—that art is gone. E-mail takes over everything. How great is it when you do, in an off chance, get a hand written letter from someone?