How We Got Started: Natalie Nyhus

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Graduation season is upon us, and a number of students are getting ready to leave either high school or college and move on with the next step in their lives.

For some people, deciding what they want to do next is easy. For others, this is a moment filled with unanswered questions.

All week, the WCCO Morning Show team is sharing how they ended up doing what they’re doing. They started with Mike Augustyniak, our director of meteorology. On Thursday, it was Natalie Nyhus’s turn.

Nyhus said she was 19 years old when she finally decided that she wanted to go into broadcasting, but there were earlier signs pointing to her destiny, she said.

Nyhus’s parents have told her that when she was little, she would concentrate very hard on what she was watching on TV and repeat what people would say. She said she also always loved talking with people and hearing their stories.

In high school, she spent time career shadowing a health reporter.

While in college at St. Thomas, she began as a political science major but soon switched to broadcast and print journalism. She also got a taste of what it’s like in front of the camera with a segment she did interviewing people on the street, trying to stump them with easy questions.

Her first gig out of college was with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and she also worked for Big Ten Network.

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