Feb. 14, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - You may recognize Amanda Butterfield from TV, but before her career as a reporter she was an Aggie. Her time at USU helped prepare her for her career and personal life. We were lucky enough to catch up with her and ask seven questions about her experience at USU and her life today.
1. When you think of your time at USU, who is the first person you think of and why?My parents. My Dad was a football player there, and my mom was an Aggiette. I also had an uncle play basketball, and my aunt was a student body officer. Even my grandparents went there! So I grew up visiting Logan, and campus. All my family members had such fond memories of it.
2. What was your most memorable experience at USU outside of athletics?I was reporting a story for ATV, and I did a feature on Aggie ice cream. I had to get up at like 6am to do the story, because that's when they were making the ice cream. It was the middle of winter, and I got to the building where they sell it, and got to see them mix it up, and pump it in the half gallon cartons. Well, I also got to taste the ice cream freshly made, I mean straight out of the machine! IT was delicious! When the story was done, they sent me on my way with a huge cup of fresh made cookies and cream ice cream. I will never forget walking down the main street in campus, at 7am, in the middle of winter, eating Aggie ice cream. I was so cold, but couldn't stop eating!
3. What was your most memorable experience at USU as a student athlete?Meeting all the girls, and road trips. We would have so much fun in those vans! All the girls I played with came from such different backgrounds, it was so fun to laugh with them, and hear where they came from. There was one road trip to Idaho where I have never laughed so hard in my life.
4. Since Utah State, what activities have you been involved within your community or engaged in outside of your career?I love staying active. I have run the St. George Marathon, many half marathons. I did my first bike tour in Cache Valley last year. I participated in San Diego's mud run in Camp Pendleton., And this past fall I raised almost $3000 dollars for breast cancer, and walking 60 miles for it 3 Day Walk, also in Dan Diego. I also host the annual Primary Children's Telethon every June. I love that hospital, and love the chance to use my persona to help raise money that stay local, and helps kids in need.
5. If I followed you around for a day at work, what would I see you do?I would drop my stuff off at my desk, get my computer fired up, and go talk to the News Director about what story I have been assigned for the day. I then make calls, set up interviews, get a photographer and go and conduct those interviews, and gather video. Then I get back, log the tape, and write the story. I write it all, what the anchors say and I what I say. Once I have `voiced' my story, and given it to an editor to put the sounds and video together... I start my anchor duties. I read scripts that have already been written. I change wording to reflect my style, but I never change content. Then I put on my TV make-up, do my hair, and sit down to anchor my first show at 4pm... and again at 6:30pm.
6. When was the last time you were on the USU campus?February 2010, for the annual Alumni Soccer tournament! I love it! I get to see all my old soccer buddies. Many of us have `retired' from the sport, so we sit on the sideline and chat and watch the younger gals play. It is a highlight of my winter. I also get up at least 2 other occasions to speak to Communications classes. I am still in touch with my broadcasting professor, and she asks me to speak to her students a couple times a year. I love talking to young, eager, students who have a love for news.
7. What were your favorite places in or fondest memories of Logan?I love the main street through campus.... The one the Field house is on, that leads you to Aggie ice cream! I love the quad too, that's quintessential USU. I also love driving up Sardine Canyon to the campus - nowhere in the world has better fall foliage, if you ask me. I like walking through the Hub, and getting a thick slice of warm cinnamon nut bread with honey butter. I have such great memories of Utah State! (I do not miss the chilling winters, and wind however!)
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