By Zach Sparks
Benfield Elementary student Regan Graves worked at a different desk earlier this school year when she broadcast live from Fox45 in Baltimore as a Chick-fil-A kids correspondent.
The 9-year-old was one of 12 kids selected to film a public service announcement after being selected from a random drawing and then acing an audition process.
Once the field of contenders was narrowed to 42 children, Regan said she had 15 seconds to impress a panel of four or five judges.
“I’m bright, I’m energetic and I would be a great kids correspondent,” she remembers saying.
After getting the chance to record a segment promoting the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Regan was thrilled.
“I was happy and excited because basically there were a lot of people [who auditioned]. I felt special,” she said.
In her spot, which aired in January, she said, “There’s something fishy at the Inner Harbor: the National Aquarium.” She continued to highlight the diversity of animals from the sea, the rainforest and the outback.
Being on TV wasn’t the only perk of being a contest winner. Regan also got to tour the Fox45 studio with her mom, Cathy Graves, and she received a punch card for 52 free chicken sandwiches or chicken strips and a red jacket that identifies her as a Chick-fil-A kid correspondent.
But the best part of the experience was meeting anchor Shelley Orman, who took a selfie with Regan after offering some advice.
“She gave me some tips, like making sure you look at the camera, and make sure you smile big,” Regan said. “She also said there’s nothing to be nervous about.”
Cathy was grateful for the opportunity. “It was a great experience being able to go there with the 42 other kids,” she said. “I was able to go with Regan on the tour, and it was a great experience seeing what happens behind the scenes.”
Now that she is off the air, Regan has her mind set on getting back to the anchor desk.
“I want to be a broadcaster,” Regan said. “I feel like it might be my dream.”