After completing an internship at NBC 30 in Hartford two summers ago, senior journalism student Gabrielle Levesque ’14 (CLAS) decided she wanted to work on news stories – “big pieces about things happening around the world.”
Even as she fulfilled her responsibilities in class and as news director for UCTV, the student-run television station on campus, she took the next step toward her goal by gaining an internship at the NBC Weekend Today show in New York City last summer.
This week Levesque moves to the world stage. She is in Russia as part of the Today team covering the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games for NBC.
Levesque will be one of 16 production runners for the Today show who perform basic tasks behind the scenes that help to ensure broadcasts go smoothly, similar to the work she did as an intern in New York City.
“They didn’t really give us a job description,” Levesque says. “Their motto is to expect the unexpected. I reached out to some of the runners who worked the previous Olympics [in London] and they said they would do things as amazing as picking up the athletes who were going to be on the Today show and pre-interviewing them.”
She is one of eight Americans and eight international students selected from a large group of former NBC interns who will be based in the main press center. This center is located in what is called The Coastal Cluster, a complex that includes five ice sport venues, the stadium for opening ceremonies, and the international broadcast center. Sochi is located in southwestern Russia along the coast of the Black Sea, near Georgia and Turkey.
By Kenneth Best