Episode 61: Discovering Your Passions with Tevis Hillis

Personal Growth with Michael and Carolyn

Today Carolyn and Michael are sharing quotes.

Carolyn is sharing a quote from Fred Rogers: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Carolyn wants to encourage people to not only be inspired to continue on with the help of others, but to also become one of those helpers.

Michael is sharing a quote he heard while training for an IRONMAN race: “Don’t let your high get to highs and your lows get to low.” Stay steady, there’s a long race ahead of you!

Tevis Hillis: Multimedia Journalist

Tevis Hillis is an Oklahoma native. She grew up in Lawton with her family, where she loved her small town. Growing up, she always admired strong women with a voice of change, and this is how Tevis found her way into pageants, where she was Miss Lawton’s Outstanding Teen 2015 and Miss Lawton 2019.

As Tevis went to college, she found herself diving deep into all of the aspects of Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She began her journey first as a reporter and then anchor for OU Nightly. Later she was the host of Sooner Sports Pad, the only nationally televised show on a college campus.

Tevis worked on her reporting skill and one of her stories, ‘Pain in the Neck,’ won the Television Feature News Story for the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association. Then she won a Regional Mark of Excellence award in the Society of Professional Journalist.

Throughout her time in college, she interned for her local tv station in Lawton, KSWO. This later led to an on-air fellowship on the weekends. Tevis also made her way to Salt Lake City, Utah, to intern for KSL. While there she flew helicopters, worked with award-winning journalists and saw the world outside Oklahoma.

The most important internship for Tevis was with News 9. Graduating from college, Tevis never expected to start at her dream station, but dreams come true when you least expect them. 

Tevis feels she is 50/50 a dreamer and a doer. 

Dreaming of Becoming Miss America

Tevis grew up wanting to be Miss America. She was in many pageants growing up which taught her how to become a public speaker and connect with people. Tevis found herself in many journalism classes. She loved the people she was surrounded by and grew to love the journalism community.

During her time in pageants, Tevis championed the idea of what to do when people were having seizures. Tevis’s mom has epilepsy, so Tevis quickly learned that not many people actually know what to do in that situation. 

Pursuing Journalism

Tevis first began college pursuing business. She also felt during her freshman year that her voice wasn’t heard. During that time, she pivoted her focus to journalism. Tevis recommends the book Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I am One. by Ginger Zee. for anyone who is considering journalism.

Knowing Your Passion

Your passion is something you look forward to. Tevis remembers being excited for yearbook class everyday in 7th grade or to go on OU Nightly. Those things you look forward to are your passions!

Middle School Advice

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Enjoy the little moments in life that may seem mundane or not cool to your peers. Take time to better yourself and conquer your dreams.

You can find Tevis at @tevishills or on News 9 at 9:00 am.

Key Takeaways

  • Let criticism roll off your back.
  • Knowing and pursuing your passions.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.

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