Wednesday, October 9, 2013

JiaoJiao Shen, KSHB morning anchor/reporter, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 7:16 AM

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Name:
JiaoJiao Shen

Occupation: Morning anchor/reporter at KSHB Channel 41

Hometown: A few different places. Born in Xi'an, China, lived 10 years in San Francisco, five years in Denver.

Current neighborhood: Armour Hills

What I do (in 140 characters): I anchor morning newscasts at 41 Action News. I report on stories in the community. I'm a mother to three crazy dogs. I spend a lot of time cooking.

What's your addiction? Little tiny hotel-size shampoos, conditioners, soaps, lotions. I have shoeboxes full of them. Yet, I don't actually use them.

What's your game? Not much of a gamer or athlete, so I guess my "game" would be running.

What's your drink? Moscato. Never met a bottle I didn't like ... or finish.

Where's dinner? There are so many! I love to cook, so we eat at home a lot. When we go out, it's to the Farmhouse, Kin Lin, Blue Koi, Papu's Café.

"I can't stop listening to ... " Currently, Bastille. But I like variety, so anything from Eagles to Hall and Oates to Katy Perry to Tchaikovsky.

What's on your KC postcard? The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " It invested in the arts by revitalizing downtown/Crossroads and building the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

"Kansas City screwed up when ... " It let Bannister Mall not only fall apart but sit empty for so many years. I hope the Cerner project brings much-needed change for the people in south Kansas City.

"Kansas City needs ... " Better public transportation that connects all of our communities.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Older ... and one would hope wiser!

"I always laugh at ... " Videos of animals doing silly or cute things.

"I've been known to binge-watch ... " Friends. I can quote a line for every episode!

"I just read ... " Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. So twisted and so good!

The best advice I ever got: "Don't take every-thing so seriously," said by my parents in -Mandarin.

Worst advice: "You should really buy those white pants. They look great on you."

My sidekick: My three dogs: Gracie, Penny and Mr. Toulouse.

My dating triumph/tragedy: I snagged myself an amazing husband who is willing to be married to my crazy! #triumph

My brush with fame: I got to compete on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with Brett Anthony. We won more than $20,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Kansas City.

My 140-character soapbox: Remember when your mom told you, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"? It still applies today. Be respectful!

What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Taking too long to return an e-mail.

Who's sorry now? A consultant who once told me I would never get out of Topeka (my first job) because my voice was terrible. He suggested that I pick up a whiskey-and-smoking habit. I just settled on some voice lessons.

My recent triumph: Ending up in KC with my husband! Working in TV, there are a lot of unknowns. But I knew I couldn't be long-distance with my then-boyfriend anymore, so I took a chance and moved to KC without a job. We are so lucky that everything just fell into place and we couldn't be happier!

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