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Heather O’Rourke of Channel 7 News

Heather O’Rourke of Channel 7 News

Hip NJ’s Alex Lee caught up with her ‘mentor’/friend Heather O’Rourke recently in the Hip NJ Studio.

Heather is currently working as a traffic reporter for ABC Channel 7 news, but that’s not where her journey began.

Heather attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate degree. She was a journalism and mass media major. During her time there she had to find an internship. She kept calling a company who at the time was called Metro Traffic and a man told her “well, just show up”.

So Heather proceeded to show up and convince the people at Metro Traffic that she had an interview. She was hired, and eventually worked herself up to working up to being on air.

She then was approached to doing news on WPLJ 95.5. When needed she would fill in on WPLJ.

From there, she got a phone call from a classic rock radio station in New York City Q104.3 asking if she wanting to DJ. Heather had never done that before, but she was willing to try it. This also came with some overnight shifts.

Then, she landed at her job at Channel 7. She has been working there since 2011. In 2013, she started working in the morning where she has to wake up at 2:03 AM! Heather says the people she works with make being up that early so much better.

Heather has 2 kids, and lots of animals. So, you can say their life can get very busy sometimes.

On top of all of this, Heather also likes to take her dog into hospitals as a therapy dog and visit different patients. She says that she likes to make people feel better just by bring around her dog.

Heather really is an all around wonder woman. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For all things Garden State, keep checking out HipNewJersey.com!

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