I love it when we find these young modern storytellers that are producers and reporters and photographers all rolled into one. They breathe the story the second they hit the ground. When Nick VinZant came over the transom we knew he was just such a reporter. He is unconventional in his approach to delivering the story and he takes that formulaic style of writing and throws it out the window. He writes like he speaks and during live shots, every word is directly related to what he’s taking in and feeling about the story that’s unfolding around him. We love that! This business is changing; changing in how it’s gathered and changing in how it’s consumed. Nick’s guerilla-style approach to reporting is what the audience is gobbling up.
Nick started reporting in Phoenix at KNXV in May 2013. He's covered everything from immigration to wildfires to politics during his tenure at KNXV. He previously reported at WKMG and News 13, where he covered tropical storms, the Casey Anthony, the Space Shuttle Launches and Presidential elections. He came to Orlando from his hometown of Wichita. At KAKE he worked under Larry Hatteberg. Under his direction Nick really learned how to use emotion, natural sound, and video to tell a story, not just report facts. On May 4, 2007 a massive F-5 tornado destroyed the town of Greensburg, KS - he was the first reporter there and saw firsthand just how critical news is to the people of a community. As a journalist, it was a pivotal moment - the town was destroyed, families were torn apart, and there was a need to get information to the public. That continuing coverage of the story earned two awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and set a young reporter on a path of wanting to tell stories in a unique and unconventional way.
To his own admission, “I don’t think I’ve ever been your average reporter. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a journalist. It wasn’t until I was in my senior year of college that I even considered it.” His history professor, former alum for the New York Times, pulled him aside and told him Journalism was something he should really consider. A few months later he was working at WNVN in Roanoke Falls, North Carolina. And, in that first year he was named the North Carolina “Rookie of the Year” by the Associated Press.
Nick exemplifies what’s unique to our business, great storytelling. He’s our future; in his approach to the stories that affect us all and his delivery, plain spoken and real.