Associate Spotlight: Katie Nold

Katie Nold Ag journalistFrom the interview to the final proof, journalist Katie Nold treats every client’s newsletter with the care and dedication it deserves.  Katie’s eagerness to take on new challenges and her commitment to quality has made her a prized talent to the clients she writes for.  Her years of experience and Midwest roots transform our clients’ message into a powerful print communication piece.

How long have you been with VistaComm?
I’ve been with VistaComm well over a decade; or at least two used cars ago. I was hired the same hour Candace Larson came on board, which was the serendipitous beginning to a great friendship.

Where is your hometown? 
I grew up in wonderful Montezuma, Iowa. For decades it was known as the girls basketball capital of Iowa(!). In fact, someone in Forest City, Iowa, just mentioned that to me last week, upon learning of my hometown. P.S. Sorry, I never played.

What is a typical day like for you working on the road for VistaComm? 
The beauty (and challenge) of being a VistaComm freelancer is…that no day is ever typical. I’ve enjoyed it all: the personalities of our clients, the never-ending scenery discoveries across rural America, the camaraderie with my fellow VistaComm eccentrics. I think that’s part of the draw to this profession: there is no typical.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a journalist? 
I’m a third-generation journalist. But a hint that I should continue this career path was on major-change number 7.5 at SDSU. I aced the writing portion of an upper level biology test, while my brainiac classmates struggled with explaining why mammoths went extinct. Yes, it’s true–I’m your gal if you need mammoth insight! (I’m lying. I have since forgotten nearly everything in my 4 ummm 4.5 years of college).

What profession, other than your own, would you like to try?
Same profession, different genre: I would love to have tried my hand (heh heh heh) at sports writing.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Because it’s spring training, and we’re on deadline, I’m going to go with two characters: Ray and Annie Kinsella.

If you were a superhero what would your powers be?
I’m a Looney Tunes gal, not a superhero person. Bugs Bunny and the Roadrunner, forever! So I guess my superpowers would be foiling bad guys and sticking out my tongue.

What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited?
A few years ago, some family and I biked around Salzburg on a Sound of Music tour. They had never seen the movie, but politely tolerated my infatuation. My son was just coming off a tour in Iraq, and my sister-in-law and I still remember him trading his tour bike so he could have a front basket, too. The laughter and memories from that day still resonate. Clint and Joan still don’t think much of the movie, however!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I wasn’t “given” this advice, I read it. But it still speaks volumes to me. “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.” (From the 2005 Baseball Hall-of-Fame address by Wade Boggs).

What is your proudest VistaComm moment? 
I do not like heights. But I remember vividly the first time a client asked me to climb a bin and take a picture of the facility. Way down below. Way, WAY down below. He never hesitated to ask because I was “his Vista journalist,” and by golly, I/we could do anything! It was affirming that he thought so much of my/our capabilities (while ignoring my grayish-green skin pallor). I have since climbed dozens of structures, which of course can segue back to question #3. There is no “typical,” and I’m proud every time a good piece is completed for our customers.