Nick Tarrant is an award-winning, multi-skilled journalist with a desire to tell stories and serve the Central Texas community and beyond. He currently serves as Morning Producer for KCEN Channel 6 Texas Today in Temple, TX.

 

He started his career as a news reporter at The Shorthorn, UT Arlington's daily, award-winning student news agency. This led him to join the multimedia desk and later close out his collegiate career as the first-ever podcast producer for the publication to produce The Shorthorn Round Up, a daily podcast. Beyond UTA, he served as a multimedia intern at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a Red Balloon Network intern at the Seacrest Studios at Children's Medical Center Dallas. He also has a knack for 

 
 

                          Media Experience

Podcast Producer, The Shorthorn

Jan 2018 - May 2018

    • Hosted and produced episodes of "The Shorthorn Round Up," a daily news podcast recapping and elaborating on audibly engaging stories

    • Edited self-narrated bits, pre-recorded interviews and natural sound into 15-minute episodes

    • Educated staff members about successful audio recording to improve quality of product

    • Grew frequent audience and follower count on Soundcloud page

Producer/Reporter, UTA News

Sept 2017 - May 2018

    • Produced live, 20-minute newscasts covering news, sports and local weather stories

    • Created TV news packages that headlined weekly live newscasts for utanews.com and UTA Spotlight, featured on the City of Arlington website

Senior News Reporter, The Shorthorn 

Aug 2016 - Aug 2017

  • Produced more than 80 stories for print and online editions covering:

    • The City of Arlington​

    • UTA Student Governance, Division of Student Affairs and campus administration

    • 2016 presidential election

    • political protests within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

  • Wrote weekly online weather briefs and used information to produce 7-day forecasts for publication's Snapchat

Multimedia Journalist, The Shorthorn 

Aug 2017 - Dec 2017

  • Shot pictures and videos to accompany digital and print stories

  • Helped in the effort of maintaining the beginning of a new podcast, "The Shorthorn Round Up," recapping the publication's top headlines

Red Balloon Network Intern, Seacrest Studios

May 2017 - Aug 2017

  • Spearheaded the production of Geo Zone, a weekly 30-minute TV show about earth science, for children and teenage viewers at Children's Medical Center of Dallas

  • Used self-driven research and informative videos from YouTube to build live segments through The Red Balloon Network

  • Hosted game shows to engage patients and encourage positivity

  • DJ'd popular music to a family audience for 2 hours each week

  • Marketed Seacrest Studios as a fun, inviting and exciting station to hospital patients

News Producer, KCEN-TV

July 2019 - Present

  • Curate live, meaningful content on Texas Today, for the Central Texas and Fort Hood community, from 4:30 to 7 a.m., Mondays through Fridays

  • Turn COVID-19 data and facts into informative, socially-distant segments

  • Coordinate with talent during live and breaking news events from home and in studio

  • Helped raise viewership for the 6 to 7 a.m. show

  • Book live, in-studio interviews. Most recently with "Dukes of Hazzard" star John Schneider, and with the Central Texas president of the Korean War Veterans Association

Multi-Platform Producer, KCEN-TV

Nov 2018 - July 2019

  • Maintained high traffic to kcentv.com and social media, during competitive overnight hours

  • Developed web stories with engaging elements that lock in readers

  • Wrote breaking news and look-ahead alerts for 6 News App users using Tegna One

  • Edited video to air, to directly match visuals to anchor reads

  • Monitored Chartbeat and CrowdTangle to share additional content to increase online engagement

Multimedia Intern, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Jan 2018 - May 2018

  • Created evergreen videos as stand-alone pieces or supplemental story elements for star-telegram.com

  • Wrote feature stories and news event coverage for online and print editions

  • Utilized social media to curate videos for publication's website to increase traffic and engage audience

  • Monitored Chartbeat and CrowdTangle to share additional content to increase online engagement

 

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