Katie McCall

Hi, I’m Katie McCall. I'm one of the anchors on 10 News Nightside, our 11pm weeknight newscast. I am thrilled to be back here in Southwest Florida.

My two favorite expressions are: Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug." and "You can't put shoes on a dead horse."

My career has taken me to:Nashville, Tucson, Houston, Chicago, and here to Tampa/St. Petersburg.  It has been quite a ride. I have always found working in the news business to be an exciting job. I love to tell people's stories.

I’ve been fortunate to have been in some interesting places, at unique times. I was working in Chicago, when I covered a little-known Illinois Senator, named Barack Obama, who was running for president. I covered not one, but TWO Illinois governors would end up in prison.

Other days are not so fun. I covered Hurricane Katrina, when the Astrodome turned into the “refuge of last resort,” for hundreds of thousands of people. Their stories were so chilling, yet I also saw an incredible resilience in people who hadn’t just run, but had swum, out of the lower 9th Ward, in New Orleans, and ended up riding to Houston, on a commandeered school bus. Talk about survivors! Those people were living, walking miracles.

Trials have been a big part of my career. I covered the rise and fall of Enron, and witnessed the destruction of people’s dreams, and 401k’s. I told the stories of the employees who had their life savings in Enron stock, and had to start over, many at retirement age. In the aftermath of the Enron collapse, Arthur Anderson, one of the “Big Five” accounting firms, also went under. The Arthur Anderson verdict was reversed on appeal, but there was no company left to save. Nothing and no one is bulletproof. Enron was a tragically unique illustration of that point.

I had to tell a crowd of runners at an event that the Space Shuttle Columbia had just exploded, and that the astronauts on board were dead. I then covered their funerals, along with a memorial for Ilan Ramon, the Israeli member of the crew. The space program was something special, and those people lived exceptional lives.

When Janet Jackson had her “wardrobe malfunction,” I got the excusive interview with the tailor who was the mastermind behind the "accident." I still wonder why that happened! I am often asked who my "favorite celebrity" (out of those I've interviewed) is. It would probably be Meryl Streep. I interviewed her live, via satellite. She was probably the most gracious movie star with whom I’ve ever spoken.

Whether you’re a president, a movie star, or a hurricane survivor, everybody has a story. My job is to let you tell it to the world. It is very rewarding when we are able to give a voice to those who don't have one. 

You may have heard my voice in HBO’s documentary “The Jinx,” recounting the life of Billionaire murder suspect Robert Durst, which featured reports from people like me who covered that story...which, remarkably, is still a story. I am also featured in an episode of “Snapped” on Oxygen, because of a trial I covered.

I’m a Cum Laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, where I majored in English and Spanish. I studied Spanish in Madrid as well, and I completed a fellowship at Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles, called “Law School for Journalists.” I am fascinated by the law.

In my free time, I am very involved in charities that benefit cancer patients. Cancer took the lives of two people who were close to me. I also care deeply about children’s causes, and the protection of our oceans, and of the creatures who call the ocean their home. I am an avid water-skier, a lifelong SCUBA diver, a lousy golfer, a recovering runner, and a general lover of the sun and sand.  
 

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