Optimists hear from WBKB news anchor

HB4116 Courtesy Photo Optimist members Bud Pfeifer, left, and Pastor Rich George, right, thank Star Connor, left center, and Teresa Lipowski, right center, for presenting to the Optimist Club.

Star Connor, news reporter and anchor for WBKB TV in Alpena, spoke to the Optimist Club of Alpena at their recent morning breakfast meeting at JJ’s Steak and Pizza House.

Connor, who hails from Gastonia, N.C., told the Optimists of her journey in journalism. She graduated from North Carolina A & T State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.

She said at first it was hard to find work in her field but through persistence and the sheer number of job applications she completed, she landed a job in her field at Radio One in Charlotte, N.C. At Radio One, Connor worked as an on-air talent/producer. She also worked as the community affairs reporter at WQNC 92.7 The Block.

Connor’s main message to the Optimists was about perseverance, goal setting and a never give up attitude. She said that once she graduated and went job hunting, it was very discouraging at times. But through that time she never gave up.

Connor said that she thinks her parents named her Star for a reason. So she would shine and try to live up to her name. Connor referred to a copy of the Optimist Creed she has on her desk at work to keep her positive.

The phrase in the creed that says, “Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future,” was a great inspiration to her as she made her way through the job market.

She made mistakes, she said, but didn’t dwell on them. Instead she learned from them and moved on to bigger and better things.

While her parents were a bit apprehensive about sending their daughter over 1,000 miles away to a small town in Northeast Michigan, Connor said, “You have to take that first step, if you are going to get anywhere.”

So she took that step and found out that Alpena is a great town where she has made lots of friends and is growing and learning as a person and journalist.

Connor brought along her good friend and coworker at WBKB, Teresa Lipowski, who is also a news anchor/reporter at the station.