Shaun Hegarty is news anchor/executive producer of WUPW-TV, Channel 36.
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First job: When I was in sixth or seventh grade I was what's called a "rectory watcher." At my church in Penndel, Pa., I would work at rectory for three hours at a time and answer phones and the door. In my downtime I would do my homework or watch TV. There was far more TV than homework.
First salary: $4 an hour, so I would make a cool $12 a day.
My idol is: No one specific, but I admire people who are passionate about their causes and not afraid to talk about them.
Most embarrassing TV moment: When covering a tanker accident in South Texas I was standing in front of the camera, ready for a live shot. No one told me that at the very top of the show they were taking a live shot of the accident. So when the anchor said "Here's a live look at the accident," all they saw was a deer in the headlights look from me. I then ducked out of the shot with a look of complete shock on my face. Someone took a freeze frame of that look and posted it all over that station. I hope it has been long destroyed.
Highlight of my career: My first day of my first job is my highlight. I was producing the 6 p.m. news at the NBC station in Corpus Christi. So many people in my graduating class had already given up on broadcasting after it became so hard to get a job right out of school. It took me several months, several resume tapes, and lots of frustration. I knew once I had gotten my foot in the door in this industry I would be able to make it a career. There was a lot of relief when I finally got that call.
My favorite thing to do outside of work: Be a Dad. One day I am a puppy, the next day I am an airplane pilot, and the other day I was the conductor of her orchestra. My daughter keeps me very busy, but I love her. Being a parent is much more exhausting than I thought it would be. I would not trade it for anything.
I think Toledo's best-kept secret is: There are more people who love living in Toledo than others think. The negative people are sometimes louder, but I don't think they are the majority.
Position: News anchor/executive producer.
Station: WUPW-TV, Channel 36 (Fox Toledo).
Hometown: Langhorne, Pa.
College: Syracuse University (broadcast journalism and political science)
Family: Wife Sara, daughter Leah, 3.
People may be surprised to know that I: Don't color my hair. It's all natural.
In five years, I see myself: Coaching my daughter's soccer team or maybe softball or maybe basketball. I wasn't really good at any of these sports so maybe assistant coach would be better.
My dream job is: I think it would be a cool gig to be the White House correspondent for a network. I'd like to see the inner workings of our government and press leaders on big issues.
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