What's the Best Advice You've Ever Received?

With Bridget Condon

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Bridget Condon. I’m a sports reporter for ABC11 in North Carolina!

What is one thing no one really knows about you?
No one knows I majored in journalism and Spanish in college!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Follow YOUR dreams, not someone else’s. In a world that often tells you who to be, be yourself. Do what makes you happy and don’t give up. I was told countless times that I would never make it as a sports reporter because the field is so competitive. I sent hundreds of emails and never heard back from many people. All it takes is one person to give you a chance. Once you get that chance, don’t take it for granted.

What would you say to 16 year old you?
Have fun but take things seriously. In high school I had so much fun playing sports and hanging with my friends. I didn’t take school as seriously as I could’ve. It all worked out in the end but I wonder where I could be if I gave a little more effort.

What is your greatest fear?
Becoming complacent. I never want to get to a point where I don’t care anymore. I want to keep learning and growing until the day I die.

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Absolutely! I remember meeting with a news director for my “dream job” at the time. He shattered the image I had of myself. He told me I would never be anything. He told me I didn’t have it. I remember leaving his office and balling my eyes out to my dad on the phone. Sometimes you need to hear those things! They make you stronger.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
You’re more than a pretty face or something to look at. I constantly work to learn more about teams and sports because I never want someone to assume I arrived at the position I am because of the way I look. You CAN be both. You can sit at a table with all men and feel comfortable. You do not need to compromise yourself for a job. The right company and right coworkers will give you the respect you deserve, without making you feel uncomfortable.

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I love that there are still seasons. You feel a fall, winter, spring and summer. It’s not always hot but also not always freezing. 

What do you love most about yourself?
I love my perseverance. I set high expectations for myself and stick to them. I continue to try even if something doesn’t work out the first time.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
As a sports reporter I get to cover A LOT of fun and happy things. At my last station, in Charlottesville, during the weekend of the Charlottesville rally it was all hands on deck. I covered a news event, and a very unpleasant one to say the least, for the first time. I experienced and saw so many things that day that were out of the norm for me as a sports reporter. Ultimately that weekend made me a stronger reporter and person.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
You can plan out your life all you want but it will never go according to the playbook. Instead of setting specific expectations like where I want to be in five years or who I want to work for, I’ve learned to set more tangible expectations. I want to always be challenged in my career, I never want to settle and I want to continue improving as a reporter. What that means for where I’ll end up is up to God.

Why do you love to travel?
Traveling shows you a whole new perspective. Seeing the world helps you understand people more. Exploring the world is the best way to educate yourself.

What motivates you most?
People who have influenced my life. My parents, friends, family. Seeing how far something so little can go in influencing someone encourages me to try and positively impact our world.

How do you manage your work-life balance?
I try to leave work at work. I find myself obsessing over my work even when I’m not “on the clock.” I’ve had to teach myself how to let things go and be present. That’s one thing I’m working on…being present in the moment doing whatever I am at that moment. 

What is your favorite meal?
Sushi!

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I listen. I listen to other reporters, my family, my friends and people I meet.

What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
My favorite thing about my job is getting to tell stories…not the fact that I’m on TV.

If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
Hmm. Maybe teaching?

What is something on your bucket list?
I just went skydiving this week! That was the biggest thing on my bucket list…I want to make it to every continent!

Have you ever had an extraordinary experience? Describe it!
Yes, every time I get to tell someone’s story. Every interview I do I feel so grateful someone is willing to trust me with their story and has faith that I will tell it properly.

Where do you find inspiration?
In people. In stories. Hearing what other’s have overcome. Watching people come from nothing and seeing how much they accomplish.

What are your biggest passions?
Telling GOOD stories.

More About Bridget

Bridget is a sports reporter for ABC11 in the Raleigh/Durham area. She was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts where her two older sisters, Mom, Dad and puppy Huxley still live. Bridget has always been and will always be one of those wild Boston sports fans, from reversing the curse to deflating the football she will never betray the beloved Boston Sports Army.
She is a graduate from James Madison University, where she studied both journalism and Spanish. Bridget studied abroad during the spring semester of her junior year in Sevilla, Spain and has had the travel bug ever since.
Bridget has always loved telling stories to her family and friends, and is excited to now be able to tell stories to the rest of the world. She has a creative and unique perspective and loves mastering new techniques.
During her free time, Bridget enjoys being outside doing activities such as hiking, biking, running or just kicking around a ball. She also spends her time volunteering as a coach for the Miracle League of the Triangle and as a Big in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

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