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Janie Porter

I love sunshine and the beach, and that's why I love living in Tampa Bay!

I joined the 10 News team in February of 2007 as the news department's first full-time backpack journalist, which means that I'm a reporter who also shoots video.

To answer a few frequently-asked questions: I cover all different stories, I get up at 2:30 a.m., and yes, I have to do my own makeup!

Tuesday through Friday, I work as a reporter for the Morning Show. On Saturday, I anchor our Saturday morning newscast.

One of the best things about my job is that I get to meet interesting people and ask them whatever I want. I've interviewed a prostitute, a father who delivered his own baby, a woman who survived a lightning strike, a phone sex operator and a woman as she was getting a colonic.

During college, I lived in Los Angeles and worked as a field producer for KCAL and a writer for KABC. I joked that my internships were my "journalism grad school." I also interned at nearly every other news station in Los Angeles, including KCBS and KTLA.

After a summer stint at KMIR in Palm Springs and a quarter abroad at Oxford University, I graduated from UCLA with a major in History and a minor in Political Science.

Yes, I am a Bruin! I'm also a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

A month after graduation, I landed my first on-air job: the morning anchor slot at KTVL, the CBS-affiliate in Medford, Oregon. Three years later, I was ecstatic when I got the call to move to the Sunshine State!

Some of my favorite stories include two women who said an airline discriminated against them because of their looks, a widower who received an unexpected blessing from a stranger and an Emmy-nominated story about a man who survived a terrible chain-reaction car crash.

I've also used Skype to set up my own live shots!

My husband and I live in St. Petersburg, and we spend most of our time in the sun, at the beach or on the boat.

We also have two dogs! My husband's is a sweet border collie named Moo Moo and mine is a very mischievous chihuahua named Wilshire. (I often sneak them into segments on the Morning Show, so keep your eyes peeled!)

There are lots of ways to get in touch with me, share story ideas and offer feedback on my stories. I always love hearing from you!

My Facebook user name is Janie Porter, or follow me on Twitter @JaniePorter. You can also email me at jporter@wtsp.com. My screen name on AOL instant messenger is JanieWTSP.