Today the Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT welcomes Bridgit Bowden, entrepreneurship reporter. Bowden moved to Kansas City just yesterday from Columbia, Missouri. She graduated in May with undergraduate degrees in convergence journalism and Spanish from the University of Missouri.
While in college, Bowden gained a lot of journalism and public media experience. She worked for KBIA, the public radio station in Columbia, and WPLN, the public radio station in Nashville, her home town.
“I did basically every job that they would allow a student to do while I was (at KBIA): reporting, producing, anchoring, a little bit of everything,” she said.
Bowden calls this piece, about elderly line dancers in Mexico, Missouri, her favorite of everything she’s reported on.
It’s no mistake that Bowden has chosen to remain in public media.
“I like public media because it’s kind of a form of public education… it’s funded through the community also, so I think that’s a really neat exchange of ideas,” she said.
Bowden hails from Nashville, but don’t expect to hear the classic Music City accent in her reporting. Both of her parents graduated with theatre degrees, so she grew up with the neutral, non-regional dialect that broadcast journalists strive to achieve.
After graduation earlier this year, Bowden applied for jobs across the country, from Alaska to New Hampshire, but chose to make Kansas City her new home.
“Once I came in and saw the (Hale Center) and saw what’s going on here, I absolutely loved it,” she said.
She is excited to start reporting on and exploring Kansas City, which she said is of a similar size to Nashville.
“I’m excited to be back in a regular-sized city after being in Columbia for four years,” she said.
Nashville has a blossoming entrepreneur community just like Kansas City’s.
“Entrepreneurship is big in Nashville, especially with musicians starting their own ventures,” Bowden said.
Entrepreneurship in the Midwest is a bit different, so Bowden is excited to give attention to entrepreneurs in the agriculture industry.
“I think agriculture is extremely entrepreneurial and is such a big part of Missouri’s economy,” she said. “I think that a big part of my job will be covering agriculture (and farmers) in the area.”