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

Multimedia Inter, 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 

    • Managed website analytics using chartbeat.com

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

  • Hosted and produced "Geo Zone," a weekly earth science TV program at Children's Medical Center of Dallas

  • 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 Channel 6

July 2019 - Current

  • Write local, statewide and national stories that would interest Central Texas viewers during a 2.5-hour-long show on weekdays, "Texas Today"

  • Communicate with talent through in-studio booth and TVU grid throughout the show and during breaking news

  • Create daily, live polls about controversial topics to encourage viewer engagement on-air and online

  • 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 Channel 6

Nov 2018 - July 2019

  • Edited morning show videos to broadcast using Edius, while curating content on social media platforms and website using Tegna One, a CMS-system 

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

  • Wrote and pushed breaking news stories online and on Channel 6 app for immediate notice to viewer

 

Let's connect

Thank you for taking time out of your day to learn more about myself and my work. Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information.

 

(817) 899-6966

©2019 by Nick Tarrant