• YEAR: Freshman
  • MAJOR: Communications - Broadcast Journalism
  • HOMETOWN: Great Falls, Montana

Elizabeth Stanley

Katie Couric, watch your back. There's a new Boilermaker on the beat ready to break some news of her own in broadcast journalism. She's got the attributes: Focused. Inquisitive. Ambitious. Articulate. Disciplined. She's already logged experience as an award-winning reporter. And she's well-traveled from being raised in a military family. This communications major also comes equipped with an infectious sunny disposition, ideal for a bright future as a news anchor in a major media market. That's her goal. A Boilermaker born and raised, she's proud to be reporting live from Purdue.

'Just the Facts'

Beth was destined to be a Boilermaker and she worked hard to get here. Boiler pride runs deep in the family. Both parents, an uncle, her sister and her brother-in-law have all graduated from Purdue.

Her interest in Purdue was sparked by her parents, who met at Purdue and graduated in 1988. "My family is military, so we have lived almost everywhere except Indiana," she says. "We visited the campus almost every summer, so the campus has become more of a home to me than anywhere else I have ever lived."

Q & A with Coach Keady

A close encounter with legendary Boilermaker men's basketball coach Gene Keady gets partial credit for drawing Beth to Purdue.

"My first college visit was when I was only 8 years old. My family and I were privileged to meet Gene Keady. I will never forget not being allowed into his office until I promised him one thing: that one day I would go to Purdue. Since then, I have done everything in my power to keep my promise," she says.

And she did! Good call, coach!

More scoop on Beth

Beth was a dancer throughout high school but has recently become a runner. Determined and goal-oriented, she hopes to compete in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon by the time she graduates.

But first things first. She set her sights on becoming a news anchor as long ago as fourth grade and has since spent time writing stories, conducting interviews, editing video and serving as the technical director for the local news station.

"I have really found a passion for the news. I have never found a dull moment when it comes to broadcasting," Beth says.

Stay tuned for more ...

What does an aspiring broadcast journalist want to do to move the world forward after graduation?

"My ultimate goal is to find a job in one of the top markets (New York City or Los Angeles) to be a network news anchor. I know that it is competitive, but I feel that by starting early I have gotten a leg up on the competition," she says. "I would love to be a reporter who finds breaking news or conducts an interview that brings the truth out about something. I always thought it might also be cool to have my own show one day like Conan or David Letterman. It's a lot of work, but I feel that I have picked just the right school to give me a great start."