Kasey Hott joined the NBC29 team in December 2009 as a general assignment reporter.
Kasey comes to Charlottesville from wild, wonderful West Virginia where she earned her bachelor's degree in Broadcast News from West Virginia University.
During her time at WVU, Kasey served as anchor and reporter for the school's award-winning newscast, WVU News.She spent her summers interning for various local and national news networks, including Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network in both New York City and Washington, DC.
In 2009, Kasey was chosen as the ABC News on Campus Roving Reporter of the Year and was flown to New York City to meet one of her role models, Diane Sawyer.
When she's not tracking down the next big story, Kasey loves to sing, go to the theatre, travel and spend time with friends. She's new to the area, but is excited to live in one of the best cities in the nation!
If you have a story idea for Kasey (or just want to say hi!), feel free to e-mail her anytime.
FUN FACTS Kasey
First TV Appearance: During my sophomore year of college, I made it on the local news for singing in WVU's Mountaineer Idol competition.
Favorite Story: So far, I'd have to say covering the annual New Year's Day Polar Plunge in Scottsville. They tried to talk me into taking the plunge into the freezing cold river… maybe next year!
Memorable Interview: I interviewed a student who had lost his best friend in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. It was an emotional interview, but through it you could tell what an incredible young man his friend had been.
Most rewarding part of your job: Meeting interesting people and sharing their stories – stories that may not ever be told otherwise.
Favorite TV show: American Idol. I've always wanted to audition someday!
First Story: When I was in college, I covered a story about Chocolate Lovers' Day in Morgantown. Definitely a "sweet" first story!
Role Model: My parents. They are such an incredible example to me and I am so blessed to have them in my life.
Why I'm A Journalist: I love meeting new people and have always been curious about the world around me. Put the two together and it's the perfect job!
Hidden Talent: I love to sing… I used to dream of being a Broadway star!
Alma Mater: West Virginia University
Hometown: High View, West Virginia – a VERY small town. Blink and you'll miss it!
Hobbies: Singing, acting, playing volleyball and spending time with friends
Favorite Food: I LOVE sushi.
Favorite Sports Team: The West Virginia Mountaineers, of course!
Favorite Musician: James Taylor
Favorite Song: "Fire and Rain"
Favorite Author: Jodi Picoult
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anyplace that has sand, palm trees and clear blue water!