Olivia Wilson doing a standup at the 2022 Montevallo Christmas Parade

Olivia Wilson as a keynote speaker for the 2019 Birmingham, Alabama NEDA Walk

About Me

Hello, my name is Olivia Wilson. I am a recent graduate of the University of Montevallo. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in May of 2023 with a major in mass communication.

I have experience working as a digital content producer at WBRC FOX6 News in Birmingham, Alabama, and I am currently working as a digital content producer at WKRG News 5 in Mobile. 

I love creating and writing stories. As a journalist, I feel like it is my role to get information out to people so that they can make informed decisions about what is right for them.

This portfolio serves as a compilation of my work as a journalist in both student and professional capacities. Thank you for taking the time to look at what I have done.

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Events in Alabama: Dec. 2-3

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - WBRC is back with more events happening in Alabama this weekend.

Whether you are looking for something to do with your family or are wanting to mix things up for the weekend, you have come to the right place! Here are some events to check out for the weekend of Dec. 2-3.

This is a non-exhaustive list. If you know of any events happening in the coming weeks that you would like to see included, submit it on the WBRC Community Calendar.

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Regions Bank introducing collaboration, giving customers new ways to build credit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Regions Bank is bringing more credit-building options to its consumer banking customers.

Leaders with Regions Bank announced a partnership with credit-building platform Self Financial on Tuesday. According to bank leaders, this collaboration helps customers build and improve their credit by making it easier to report payments.

Officials with Self Financial explain that although many people are making payments for rent, utility and cellphone bills, not many people are

Birmingham bands coming together to raise money for charity

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Four bands are coming together and putting on a holiday charity concert to raise money to help provide for kids in need.

Coming to The Nick in Birmingham on Nov. 25, at 8 p.m., “Rocking Around the Angel Tree” is a charity rock concert. Four bands are taking part in this holiday event, volunteering their time and playing for free so that all proceeds can go to the Salvation Army’s “Gifts for Kids Angel Tree” program.

The band Happy Lemmy organized the event, and band m

Events in Alabama: Nov. 4-5

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Whether you are looking for something to get you and your family out of the house or just want to explore more of what Alabama has to offer, you have come to the right place! Check out some of the events happening this weekend in Alabama.

This is a non-exhaustive list. If you know of an event that you would like to be included in the future, submit it on the WBRC Community Calendar.

The Bibb County Color Run, held at Courthouse Square in Centreville, is the perfect we

Management change at Walker Co. Animal Services facility

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Greater Birmingham Humane Society is assuming management of the Walker County Animal Services facility after issues were reported at the facility.

The contact to hand management of the facility over to GBHS was discussed on Monday morning, following the decision by the Walker County Commission to temporarily close the animal services building. The management take-over begins Oct. 3, and allows for GBHS to help care for animals during the temporary closing.

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Pies by Mike introduces a unique vending machine

CHILTON CO., Ala. (WBRC) - A pie company in Chilton County has introduced a unique feature to reach more customers.

Pies by Mike announced their addition of a pie vending machine on their Facebook page on Sept. 25, saying: “We realize there are many people that cannot get to us during our normal operating hours so we are excited to announce that beginning in the next day or two, you will have access to our pies 24/7 via our Smart Fridge!”

The Smart Fridge, located outside of their storefront i

Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society hosts gem show

IRONDALE, Ala. (WBRC) - The Irondale Civic Center is opening it’s doors for gem and mineral lovers for an event over Labor Day weekend. The Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society, a nonprofit organization aimed at people with interests in geology and mineralogy, hosted a gem and mineral show from Sept. 1-3.

The show gave both experts and casual collectors the opportunity to see a variety of gems, minerals, and other handcrafted items. With over 100 tables filled with the work of different artists,

ALEA taking steps to ensure a safe Labor Day holiday weekend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Labor Day holiday is September 4, but the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is preparing for crowded roads and waterways in advance.

The ALEA shared that the official holiday travel period begins on Friday, September 1, at 12:01 a.m. With more people on the roads ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor emphasized, “we want to remind everyone to plan ahead, allow yourself ample time to reach your destination and exercise considerate driving behavior towards other drivers and boaters

German-themed festival coming to Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Oktoberfest is coming to Tuscaloosa. The German-themed event, presented by Visit Tuscaloosa, will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, from 11 a.m.- 5p.m.

Held at Druid City Social, the festival will include activities such as a 5k run to benefit the American Cancer Society, German-inspired food and drinks, and a dachshund race sponsored by the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.

Kelsey Rush, the president and CEO of Visit Tuscaloosa, said, “We understand our community desir

The Birmingham Zoo welcomes 2 red panda cubs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Birmingham Zoo announced the addition of two red panda cubs on Saturday.

The cubs’ parents, Gizmo and Kodo, have been at Birmingham Zoo since 2020 and 2022 respectively. They were recommended to breed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Red Panda Species Survival Plan. As an AZA member, Birmingham Zoo helps to support species management.

Zoological Manager of Predators, Scott Kayser, said, “This success with our red pandas is the culmination of coordi

2024 Main Street Now Conference to be held in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham has been chosen as the host city for the 2024 Main Street Now Conference. The conference will be hosted by Main Street America in partnership with Main Street Alabama and Sweet Home Alabama.

The conference is set to happen from May 6 to May 8, 2024.

Hannah White, Interim President and CEO of Main Street America, said, “Birmingham offers a unique host city experience, with opportunities to visit and learn from vibrant metropolitan commercial corridors and dy

Environmental Club’s clean-up efforts

On February 17, the University of Montevallo’s Environmental Club held a clean-up event at Shoal Creek Park. The park is about a three-minute drive from campus, which makes it a nice spot for students to get out and enjoy nature.

Despite the cold, club members bundled up and gathered under the main pavilion to get their compostable trash bags and gloves. Walking the muddy trails, everyone searched for litter that people had left behind.

Except for some bottles and other remnants people discard

The Montevallo Christmas Parade highlights the community

The city of Montevallo held its annual Christmas parade on December 1.

In previous years, the event was a big attraction with about 77 floats last year according to Montevallo’s Mayor Rusty Nix. This year, people came in masses to get into the Christmas spirit.

The event was kicked off with a tree lighting where small businesses and people in the community were recognized.

In the previous weeks, businesses decorated their windows and storefronts in preparation for the holiday. The winners wer

The 2022 COMS Senior Showcase

Seniors in the communication studies department held their annual COMS Senior Showcase. The event took place in the Student Activity Center this past Thursday, Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m.

The COMS senior showcase serves as the capstone for the senior seminar class, COMS 499. During the event, seniors shared the research they have done during their time at UM.

“This is an opportunity for the senior class to celebrate themselves and share with our public audience the accomplishments they have done th

University Bookstore unveils new sign

The University of Montevallo Bookstore, Freddie’s Books & More, partnered with Follet Higher Education in May of this year. Up until October 6, the bookstore had a banner to hold the place of a permanent sign.

Due to the City of Montevallo having to approve the design to align with the historical requirements, plans took longer than expected to complete.

The new sign features UM’s mascot, Freddie the Falcon, as a central part of the design.

Store Manager, Dan Fitts; says, “We promote the univ

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