Boyd Huppert embraces the obstacles

September 8, 2017 08:35

By Robert Way, RTDNA News

“The next time you run into that obstacle in a story,” Boyd Huppert began, “Don’t run away from it— run toward [it], own it, make it yours.”

Huppert, a mulitple-Edward R. Murrow Award winner, is a reporter at KARE-TV in Minneapolis and led an session titled: “Making Chicken Salad Out Of Chicken #@*%.”

If the presentation’s name didn’t give it away, the veteran reporter has a way with words. His approach is calm, cool, and collected, and he’ll be the first one to say, “We don’t have to wear ourselves out,” a mantra he shared with the crowd at Excellence in Journalism 2017.

“Usually, the answer is the very thing that caused us a problem,” he said when explaining the importance of not giving up on a story because of a potential roadblock. He added that when faced with a challenge in the edit bay or writing a script, he focuses on what he has, not what he doesn’t.

The ability to make "chicken salad" consistently on a wide range of assignments has helped define Huppert as a leader in storytelling, a skill he is happy to share.