The summer before Megan Walburn's senior year at Washington College she met someone at a cookout who worked at WJZ. Soon there was a writing test. Then a gig freelancing.
She has stayed at WJZ (our media partner) for the last five years producing, and now executive produces the network's 11 p.m. news broadcast. "News is ever-changing, which means my job never gets boring," said Walburn, 26, a Brewers Hill resident. "In some jobs, people watch the clock from 9-5. At my job, I find myself wishing for more time in the workday." Walburn talks with b about running in marathons, her worst broadcast mishap and more.
Worst pet peeve? Cliched news phrases, like "lucky to be alive," "up in arms," "a mother's worst nightmare."
What's on your iPod? Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey and those clever mash-up songs from"Glee".
Favorite news story you've been a part of? Back-to-back blizzards in February 2010. I didn't come home from work for 2 1/2 days.
What song are you hating/loving right now? Hating Madonna's new single. Her Super Bowl performance ruined it for me.
Last concert/gig you went to? The Legwarmers at Rams Head Live
Your worst habit? Locking myself out of the house, locking my keys in the car
Worst on-set mishap? During Hurricane Irene coverage, guys wearing nothing but Speedos jumped into our reporter's live shot. We came back to the anchors in the studio REALLY quickly.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Reality show "celebrities". Especially those who make careers out of it.
Favorite/least favorite band? All-time favorite: Queen.
Favorite way to de-stress? Distance running. In a few weeks I'll run my fifth full marathon.
Last video that made you snort with laughter? Campaign video for Hank the cat, who is running for U.S. Senate. He wears a tiny cat necktie.
TV shows you can't get enough of? "Jersey Shore,"though I'm ashamed to admit it. The real estate shows on HGTV. AndCBS's"60 Minutes," the prototype for long-form news.
Favorite book you recently read? "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running," by Haruki Murakami. He is a novelist and marathoner, and writes about how the two are intertwined.
Last great meal you had? A special dinner at the new Four Seasons bar/restaurant Wit & Wisdom.
Broadcast journalist you look up to? [WJZ] news anchor Denise Koch. She balances her career and family, and does everything gracefully. We share a birthday.
Food you hate? Capers. Woof.
Favorite place to get a drink? Jack's Bistro in Canton
Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Favorite: skinny, ankle-length pants with flats, a la Audrey Hepburn. Loathed: pajamas pants in public, for any reason.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? Ravens fans. Especially the ones who go over the top and decorate their cars, houses, bodies, etc. There is nothing better than a crowded bar full of joyful Ravens fans in the moments after we win.
AS TOLD TO JORDAN BARTEL, B