On this episode of the future award-winning Talking Buffalo Podcast, Patrick Moran has a conversation with WKBW-TV anchor and reporter Madison Carter on a variety of topics spanning her life and rising career.
Carter’s become a breakout start at Channel 7 with her anchoring and live reporting recently, particularly in the midst of ongoing civil unrest and protesting in Buffalo. She discusses in detail what it was like reporting live when peaceful protesting turned wild a few weeks ago, marred with incidents that included a van being lit on fire, several businesses damaged, tear gas flying and rubber bullets flying from the police, a young man throwing a box of fire through a broken window and city and just total chaos around downtown Buffalo. Through it all Carter remained live on the air and thoroughly composed.
Before getting to that they spend a lot of time talking about Madison’s early life. She grew up in Northern Virginia not far from Washington D.C. and was just in fifth grade when she already began to lock in on college. She went on to attend Syracuse University and graduated in just two years at the age of 20.
She began her news media career at a TV station in Charlottesville, Virginia and wasn’t on the job long before she was reporting on white nationalist rallies there that became a top story in world news. During her time in Virginia she won two Associated Press awards for her work on the probation system.
Her opportunity to join WKBW-TV came in the summer of 2018. Madison talks about that process and how she ultimately turned down an offer in Savannah, Georgia for more money and her parents living just two hours away in Jacksonville to take the job in Buffalo.
There’s plenty of other topics discussed, including a typical day in Madison’s work life pre-Covid and protesting, her relationship with colleagues, living with Diabetes for over 20 years and being president of the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.
As usual, the interview ends with the “Fun Fact Finale” and we learn some cool stuff about Madison, including the Beyonce song she’d jam out to, her underrated chef skills, worst habit, first celebrity crush, favorite athlete, three dinner guests she’d love to have over and much more.
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