News Mississippi’s Courtney Carter has lived in Mississippi her whole life, and loves how warm and welcoming people are. “Sometimes we get a bad rap, but I’m blessed with the people around me. Other states don’t have the people we have,” Carter says.  Carter’s start in radio came when she was in college. “It was almost by complete accident. I was trying to get involved with something at college and my friend suggested the radio station.”

When it comes to what she likes best about working in a newsroom, Carter says it’s being involved globally and reporting on things that matter. “We’re telling the stories of the people – it’s not fiction.” In her day-to-day reporting, Carter tries to connect with her listeners. “I try to put myself out there as much as possible. I try to imagine what my listeners would experience. It’s not just about getting a story on the air, it’s about making a connection.” If Carter had to give advice to a new journalist, it would be to learn to take criticism. “This entire business revolves around how you deal with people. You have to look at criticism as areas of improvement.”

One of the most memorable reporting experiences she’s had was on an investigative story on sex trafficking in Mississippi. “It’s something that isn’t reported on a lot. I’ve had advocates who are working to stop sex trafficking come up to me and comment on my story. That has really been a standout experience for me.” In her opinion, Carter thinks social media is going to drive the radio industry forward. “Social media allows for a conversation. The engagement between the listener and the broadcaster is going to get stronger. Radio is still about relationships; the internet is going to help that.”

A typical weekend finds Carter and her husband relaxing in the country. “My husband and I were both born in small towns. We like to return to our roots over the weekend. We go out to the country and leave our phones behind.” During the summer, Carter enjoys the sunshine and life outside. “I like to do anything outside, swimming or pitching a canopy and hanging out.” If her life was a movie, Carter says she would like Rachel McAdams or Elizabeth Olson to play her. “It would be called Away from the Microphone. I’d want people to get to know the human side of me.” When asked which U.S. president she would most like to have dinner with, Carter says it would be  one of the presidents in office during either of the two world wars, specifically, Franklin Roosevelt. “So much was happening in that generation that molded how the U.S. is today. I’m enthralled with the war culture of that time.”

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