Profile: Maureen Wurtz


By Rachael Ruybalid, News Net Nebraska

Maureen Wurtz has known what she wanted to be “when she grew up,” since age 15.  After a local TV station filmed Maureen giving a speech to her high school world-studies class, the TV crew pulled her aside and told her she could have a future in journalism.

“I went home, Googled it (broadcast journalism) and I thought it was something I could do,” Maureen said.

Now a 21-year-old senior broadcast journalism major at UNL, Maureen said it doesn’t feel real that she’s graduating this coming May.

“I feel like I still have so much left to accomplish (in school),” Maureen said.

Maureen grew up in Omaha, Neb., and is a graduate of Omaha Skutt High School. An avid reader and movie lover, Maureen is a fan of mysteries and the classics. She loves Jane Austen, Harry Potter and Nancy Drew books.

“I like anything but scary,” said Wurtz with a laugh. “I avoid those at all costs.”

A pianist for 16 years, Maureen said playing the piano helps her relax.

“(When I’m playing) I don’t think about anything else except for sounds I’m hearing and notes I’m reading on the page…it’s good because classes tend to get kind of stressful,” she said.

As far as her reporting career goes, Maureen is open to whatever job opportunities come her way after graduation. She enjoys feature reporting but hard news is right up her alley too. “With hard news there’s lots of job satisfaction when you get the good story,” she said.

“I just hope in the long run that I can continue improving…you have to make a mistake to get it right.”

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