// photo by Agnes Lopez
Lindsey Boetsch calls herself the “Swiss army knife” of the newsroom at First Coast News. She does the weather and sometimes traffic, she sits at the anchor desk and heads into the field to report. So we were only able to get a few minutes of the 29-year-old Illinois native’s busy schedule for this month’s back story.
• What made you want to be a journalist? I wanted to be a meteorologist. My two biggest fears in life are public speaking and really severe storms. I always thought if I could conquer those it would be awesome. So it’s kind of a combination of those two things… My thinking was I could take communications and geography classes, and afterwards I could transfer to work on a meteorology degree. But I fell in love with reporting. I still struggle with public speaking.
• What are some memorable stories you’ve reported on? At my last station, I covered a blizzard a few months before I left. It was 26 inches of snow. That was crazy. Also, every time Bill Murray is in town I go interview him at the Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament. The first year I took a picture with him and it went viral. That was really cool. He’s super sarcastic—he was giving us a hard time for asking “dumb questions.” But it was all in good fun.
• Favorite place to eat in Jax? My favorite thing about Jacksonville is the restaurants, and how each neighborhood has its own thing. I love all the restaurants in Five Points, Riverside and Avondale. The Blind Rabbit is really good. Moon River has the best pizza. And I love Hawkers. But they just took my favorite thing off the menu, the crispy Canton noodles.
• What do you like to do when you’re not at work? I haven’t done it in a while, but I like to golf. My boyfriend has a six-year-old son, so we do a lot of LEGO stuff, games and movies with him. That’s really fun. We also refurbish furniture. We just finished a huge dresser that we turned into a TV stand. Our hardest project was turning a piano into a bar.
• Do you still want to be a meteorologist? That’s a tough question to answer. I’m very much a live-in-the-moment person. If I’m happy doing what I’m doing, that’s what I want to do. If I find in five years something that’s going to make me happier… You never know where life’s gonna take you.
Hometown: Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
Pets: 13-year-old pug Daisy. “She’s deaf, and right now she has a scratch over one eye so she’s half blind.”
Allergies: Dairy. “It’s the worst thing ever. Dairy is in everything.”