Nick Monacelli is a Multimedia Journalist for News10, which is a fancy way of saying he, along with his colleagues, are capable of shooting, writing and editing their own stories.
He came to News10 after spending six years at WZZM 13, a company sister-station in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"The best part about News10 is how everyone brings something unique to the table," he said. "You have producers, reporters and photojournalists who have spent almost their entire careers in Sacramento and know the city inside and out. Then you have those who have niche beats, like courts and crime, education, even real estate. It's amazing to have a team you can count on for anything."
Nick has several story passions, but the two he is most passionate would be the "big news" of the day and in depths or features.
"With the big news, you're on the front lines getting the most important information out," he said. "And with features you can flex your creative muscle and really spend time on projects you care about."
Monacelli's career in television began at an early age, when he helped produce a teenage talk show at Shelby TV, the local municipal station in Shelby Township, Michigan. The show didn't last long, but his love for T.V. did.
Less than a year later, Nick started reporting for that small station near Detroit. After five years of working alongside some of the best and brightest minds in television news, he moved to the west side of the state to work at WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids.
When Monacelli was approached by News10 to move west, he said, "Honestly, I was more than skeptical. I hadn't spent much time in California and wasn't sure if it was the right fit for me. But after my interview and a short visit to Sacramento, I knew it would be a great place to live and work."
Nick earned his Bachelor's degree in Broadcast News from Grand Valley State University. After graduation the University asked to him stick to help promote student life and to teach. While still reporting, he taught an undergraduate news workshop course for two years before moving across the country to California.
He says he couldn't ask for a better career, despite the misconceptions.
"When asked about my job, everyone wants to know if it's anything like 'Anchorman'. I usually say, 'Well, there aren't any newsroom fights (at least not physical ones), we don't high-five each other (unless no one else is looking), and we don't purposely sabotage a co-worker's career (I would hope not). The competitive edge is definitely similar, as is the lackadaisical attitude on set. Plus, you can always hear someone laughing or singing from their desk'."
It's easy to get a hold of Nick, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nickmonacelli, or you can follow him on Twitter, username nickmonacelli.