Nicole Morten joined KBTX in August 2010. However, Nicole is no stranger to the KBTX newsroom. Before graduating from the University of North Texas in 2008, Nicole was a Mobile Journalist Intern, or 'MoJo,' at KBTX. For nearly three months, she would eat, sleep and breathe all things KBTX. In addition to working hand-in-hand with the Internet Department, Nicole would chase stories with the reporters and photojournalists.
"One day, I talked the news department into buying a $120 'Aiptek A-HD' mini-camcorder from Best Buy," she says. "The first week I had the camera, I ended up shooting a breaking news story with it. Not only was it an adrenaline rush, at the same time it was extremely exciting to see the future of journalism unfold. I didn't have a $10,000 camera. I had a $120 camera that equally shot quality video. Plus, I was an intern and my footage aired across Texas. To me, that was liberating. After that, I was hooked."
After graduation, Nicole began her career as an Internet reporter/anchor in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida. From riding with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team to flying in a blimp across the Emerald Coast to even shooting a M249 or M4 Carbine with Combat Arms at Tyndall Air Force Base, Nicole says she is blessed to have began her career in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Not even a year later, Nicole was promoted to Live Morning Reporter/Fill-in Anchor and Noon Producer. At WJHG, Nicole worked closely with the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco to combat underage drinking. She also served on the Health Department's Coalition for Underage Drinking in conjunction with Anchorage Children's Home in an attempt to fight teen homelessness. Before leaving Florida, Nicole was able to implement a 'safe place' zone on more than 70 Bay Town Trolley buses in the Panhandle. While in the Florida Panhandle, Nicole covered an event that captured the attention of the entire world: the Gulf oil spill.
At WJHG-TV, Nicole won several Associated Press awards, including for Investigative Reporting on the war on crystal meth. For two consecutive years, she was awarded for Best Website in the Florida panhandle.
They say timing is everything, and two years into her career, Nicole got an unexpected call that she had been waiting for: KBTX needed a backpack journalist. With no question, she packed her belongings and hit the road back home.
"It's great to finally be back home and work with such an outstanding group of hard-working people," she says.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys working out, taking spontaneous road trips and spending time with family. Feel free to give her a call or email her, she would love to hear your story! You can also find Nicole on Facebook and Twitter.