I have the best of both worlds -- co-anchoring FOX 2 News at 6 and 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights with Ron Savage and reporting during the week. My schedule allows me to do the things I enjoy most: bring you the latest news from Metro Detroit and around the world from the anchor desk and also get out into the community, talk to people one-on-one, and report on stories from the scene. I'm also part of our FOXe team, bringing you "green" environmental reports and sharing the many ways local people and businesses are helping clean up our planet.
It's an effort that's close to my heart. I'm thrilled to say I was honored with a 2012 Global Energy Initiative (GEI) "Champion" award from our parent company News Corp for "individual efforts to inspire change within [our] community." I was only one of 9 people around the world to receive this recognition. Our half-hour FOXe special "Living Green" also won a 2011 Emmy award. With the help of my talented co-workers, I've won 6 local Emmys during my time at Fox 2 for "Recession Widows" - a serious news feature about the challenges faced by local families in this difficult economy; "One Good Egg" - my personal story about my struggle with infertility; "DDOT: End of the Line" - a serious news feature about the impact of cuts to the city's bus system; for an investigation on the security of our water system and a report about a city council candidate's run down properties in Detroit.
Television news is a career that first piqued my interest when I was just 15-years-old and I've been lucky to achieve what I set out to do in this fast-paced, competitive field. Even as a child, I was inquisitive and always writing. Journalism just seemed to be a natural "fit" for me. I'm a 1991 graduate of the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. I joined the FOX 2 News team in January 1998 from the ABC affiliate in Albany, NY and it's been a whirlwind ever since.
Along the way, I've also been honored for my reporting by the Associated Press (general excellence in reporting, best spot news, best news feature) and by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
I've also received several Emmy nominations for my work including a cultural feature I wrote, produced and shot myself during a trip to Kiev; breaking news coverage of an ice rescue; and an environmental report on "Soy Foam," a green product developed by Ford and Lear.
In all of my years of reporting, I never shared a personal story until May 2008, when I reported on my struggle with infertility. At age 37, I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure. Doctors discovered I had a high FSH level, meaning my egg production was poor, and my chances of ever having a biological child were less than 5-percent. My husband and I were able to beat the odds, in part, by refusing to give up. I shared my story with the hope of helping other people dealing with this difficult, personal and highly emotional ordeal. Less than two weeks after the report aired, we were blessed to welcome our baby in May, 2008.
It's been very rewarding to hear from people who were touched by the story. Thank you for all of your notes and good wishes.
I like to keep Fox 2 fans posted on my stories and breaking news on my Facebook page. Please join my fan page to get my daily updates or follow me on Twitter @RSchwartzFox2. I'm a busy working mom juggling motherhood and this exciting career! Like I said, I have the best of both worlds. Thanks so much for watching.