So My 5x Great Grandfather Ticked-Off George Washington...

February 20, 2017



Being a journalist, I'm obsessed with learning the truth. First you hear the story, then you verify with facts. 

For months now I've been poring over thousands of old documents trying to verify my ancestry.
Thanks to Ancestry.com/DNA I've now matched my DNA to the records I've uncovered. And today... I met my 5x Great Grandparents for the first time!

Proud to learn I'm the progeny of a Patriot. In fact, quite a few Revolutionary soldiers! And their hardy pioneer wives earn a shout-out too. 

Also shocked to learn I had a couple of 3x and 4x Great Grandfathers who were some of the first Presbyterian ministers in the United States. Who knew?

And another 5x Great Grandfather was a thrifty Scotsman who emigrated to America, fought in the Revolutionary War, and then was forced to battle it out in the courts against a land-rich guy named George Washington so he could keep his little plot of hard-earned US farmland! 

I know your ancestral story is just as interesting! Do you know it? I'd love to hear. And if you don't know your story I highly recommend you research it. 

YOU come from amazing people who deserve to have their stories told. And you could be the one telling it. Go for it! And good luck.


 

Celebrating A Friend's Dream Come True!

January 11, 2017

I met Karen Siat eons ago when we were competing in the Mrs Ohio America Pageant.
We became immediate friends.
She just had a spark and drive that drew me to her.
And I vividly recall how she told me that weekend that her dream was to one day be a celebrity makeup artist and own her own makeup studio.
Well, this weekend, that dream comes true.
After years of working as a make-up artist for stars, world-renown photographers, magazines, and advertisers, Karen is opening her own makeup studio.
It's ca...
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Guest Tweeter Of The Week On @InTheCle

November 21, 2016


Honored to be asked to be "Tweeter Of The Week" for Cleveland's #1 Twitter site @InTheCle.
This is my encore performance... following my first guest gig in January 2015.
The @InTheCle Twitter account is a citizen voice social media channel that lets Clevelanders share and promote their love for Cleveland via Twitter.
Each week it features a new Clevelander to tweet.
@InTheCle was named Cleveland Magazine's 2016 Reader's Choice Best Twitter Account. 
I'll have a ton to share ranging from my love of...
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Katherine Boyd To Host Hullaballoo 5 Fashion Show

November 6, 2016


Project Runway alum and Cleveland-based designer Valerie Mayen will present her latest collection at Hullabaloo 5 on Friday, November 5, at The Nash in Cleveland.
This year's collection is titled "Heritage" because Valerie sourced her materials from reclaimed clothing she found in 5 rustbelt cities. She then transformed them into entirely new, fresh, yet timeless pieces.
Hosting this year's show will be Cleveland celeb Katherine Boyd.
Also, local men's wear boutique Trunk, located in Gordon Squa...
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Featured In Cleveland Magazine

August 19, 2016


Katherine Boyd featured in Cleveland Magazine.
Read the story here.



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Katherine Boyd Named Morning Edition Host

March 26, 2016


On Monday, March 28, Katherine Boyd will step behind the mic as host of NPR's Morning Edition on 90.3 WCPN.

Katherine is a veteran journalist who has spent more than 20 years covering news and sharing stories on radio, TV, print and on the web.

"This is an opportunity of a lifetime," says Boyd. "National Public Radio is one of the last bastions of true journalism. You have the opportunity to develop stories, go in depth, and be a true story-teller. I'm over the moon."

You can listen t...


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Video: Katherine & Eric For Ancestry.com

December 24, 2015


What a Christmas gift! Our Ancestry.com TV ad started airing nationally on Dec. 23. 
We had no idea until a friend who lives in Seattle messaged me that she saw us on TV.
Then another friend who lives in Florida said he saw it too.
I quickly googled "new ancestry.com TV ad" and there it was!
Holy smokes.
So, yes, I can finally share our Ancestry.com story with you here.
Click here to see the spot. 
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Our Ancestry.com Commercial Air Date

December 19, 2015


Just got the good news: Our Ancestry.com commercial will make air!
Out of the five sets of TV ads they shot in LA in late October, our little spot made the cut.
Woo-hoo!
The new spots will start airing December 29.
And, yes, we've seen the commercials.
Ancestry.com sent us a link with two spots, one is 30-seconds and the other is 15-seconds.
We were allowed to view them for an hour... then the link expired.
So, look for us on a TV near you in 2016.
Maybe we'll even make an appearance during the Super...
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Our Ancestry.com Commercial Shoot In Hollywood

November 7, 2015



Once we learned we were picked to be in the 2016 commercials for Ancestry.com everything happened quickly.

The production company contacted us on a Thursday to arrange the flight from Cleveland to LA.

We were then contacted by the director’s team to Skype with him so we could “meet” each other before the shoot.

We arranged the interview for Friday. We were asked what time was good for us… and then the director told us he’d try and give us a ring around that time. He said he’d g...


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How We Ended Up Staring In An Ancestry.com Commercial

November 2, 2015


The flight from LA to Cleveland is just under five hours. 
But, let me tell you, cramped in economy on the plane right now makes it feel like 10 hours.
And I’m a size 4.
On camera, however, I look like a size 8. At least on video. 
As a journalist for the last 25 years I’ve made a living telling other people’s stories on TV, radio or in print. Now, for the first time ever, I’m telling my story.
Well, really, “our” story. 
As I type, we’re flying back to Cleveland after shooting a comm...


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