Carrie Pratt is the multi platform news adviser for the College Heights Herald at Western Kentucky University. Having graduated from WKU in 1998 with a degree in photojournalism, Carrie worked at the St. Petersburg Times for 10 years covering both local and national stories such as 911, Terry Schiavo's long court battle and death, free trade protests, Florida State and Florida football and basketball and was a member of the hurricane team who rode out storms along the coasts and reported from the eyes of the storms. Carrie later went to grad school at Ohio University studying visual communication with an emphasis in documentary filmmaking and web design. She returned to the then Tampa Bay Times as a senior video editor. While at working as a video editor, Carrie was responsible for long term projects, of which two were part of large projects that were pulitzer finalists, as well as daily and video pieces for the marketing department.
During all of her time in Florida, Carrie has returned every October to Kentucky to volunteer with the Mountain Workshops, which documents a different town in Kentucky through the eyes of student and professional photographers. Having now worked at WKU for a few years she enjoys helping run the social media for the workshops. This will be her 21st workshop.
Carrie loves being back at Western and helping student journalists prepare for the real world of working in the media. She loves seeing students evolve as storytellers and to see them use their skill set in whichever profession they ultimately choose.