Mentor Match Program Catapults Reporter to Emmy® Heights

Sophie Lincoln is a Multimedia Journalist with North Coast News TV in Eureka, CA.

By Sophie Lincoln 

“During my first year in the professional broadcast news industry, I was extremely lucky to be contacted by my incredible mentor, Wayne Freedman, after submitting a story for an Emmy®.

I had a question about the submission process, but when I called to get some clarification, I came away with much more than the simple answer to my question. Wayne had seen my story and let me know that he wanted to help mentor me through the NATAS Mentor Match Program.

Since then, I have learned so much from Wayne and I continue to learn from him every time we speak. Wayne has a very informative book about working in the industry that I have read and still use as essentially a reporting handbook.

Wayne, a now-retired reporter with decades of experience in the industry, has accumulated various awards and accolades throughout his career, including 54 Emmy awards. I do not think I would ever have had the opportunity to meet Wayne had I not been matched with him in this program. He is an amazing connection to have, and I am so glad to have him as a mentor.”

For a $15 annual student membership, you can participate in our Mentor Match program.