We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Roehler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, is there something you believe many others might not?
“Good things come to those who wait.” While patience is important, that alone will get you nowhere. I believe it’s important to have a goal and figure out what you need to do to achieve that! It may take some time, but you should be actively working toward what you want if you want to achieve it. I have worked toward my career goals since college ( I didn’t know what I wanted to do before then) but even in high school I was very focused on my grades to set myself up for success. Know your worth and work toward your goals! Hard work pays off and it’s important to actively pursue whatever you view as success, it rarely just falls in your lap without any work, planning or thought.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a very hard worker and I think that’s what has gotten me to the point in my career that I am at now. I like to do my best work and always work to improve my best. My career has not always been easy, but overall it’s been great! I don’t look back at anything with disappointment or regret; the hard work has been worth it. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is “things will get better.” My first job was so hard, not in terms of the work necessarily, but just in getting by. Most TV news people are broke and in a small town they’ve never been to during their first jobs; that can be really hard on anyone! In addition to my fulltime job at the station, which didn’t have a consistent schedule, I was able to find a part time job that was willing to work around that in order to make ends meet. While it was challenging, there were so many people at the station who made it easier! My chief, Kent Boughton, was amazing! The nicest person you could ever meet, he was so kind and supportive and he gave me my first shot in TV! Colleen Williams, our evening anchor, did so much to make me and so many of the other new reporters feel at home. There were GREAT people there and that made such a difference. While in Nebraska, I focused on what I needed to do to be better and get to my next, better job. It was a great stepping stone and I moved to Colorado two years later working weekends at a local station. I still worked a second job to pay the bills, but it was better! I was able to enjoy the outdoors and that made a huge difference in my quality of life. I continued to focus on what I needed to do to move forward and from there I moved to weekday mornings and now have moved to weekday evenings at another S Colorado station. Things will get better, but you have to put the work in and find a good support system to get through the tougher times.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anyone who comes to Colorado Springs for the first time has to see Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak! Once you go through the touristy spots there are endless hiking spots to check out. You’re right next to a mountain range, after all! Helen Hunt Falls is a short, but steep hike that has amazing views! If you can handle the climb, it is worth it. The Painted Mines out in Calhan are about 40 min from Colorado Springs. They’re perfect for a friend who doesn’t really like to hike but loves a great view! It’s a easy walk through and incredibly unique. One of the more unique spots in the area that I like to take out of town friends to, that isn’t outdoors, is the Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs. It’s so cool! It’s a castle/mansion built right into the rock and furnished in the Victorian era style. It has such a cool history, is supposedly haunted, and is a great self guided tour. You can also have high tea there! It’s not far from the downtown area either, so you can check out all the unique shops there before or after the tour. Try the spring water while you’re there! I usually opt to take friends to tea at the British Pantry in Old Colorado City. It’s a cute small business that sells a ton of unique British things and also offers a fun tea service! It’s worth checking out. I hear the new Olympic Museum is amazing, and that’s one of the places I still have on my list to check out.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are SO MANY PEOPLE that have supported me and given me the most valuable advise and guidance throughout my career and in school. It’s hard to pick just one. One of my biggest mentors and supporters has been Royal Norman, the Chief Meteorologist at 3TV in Phoenix. I completed my internship there during college and I can’t say enough great things about him. He really helped me, an incredibly introverted, shy and quiet person, feel more comfortable on a green screen and feel like I could actually do the job! That internship was about 10 years ago now and he still keeps in touch and is supportive of my career.