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BIO

Professional Experience

Kim Fischer is the National Spokesperson and Senior Vice President of Communication for Waterford.org. As a public school success story, Kim has been a lifelong supporter of education, so when she was given the opportunity to join the Waterford.org team back in 2018, she jumped right in. Kim has helped Waterford.org increase brand recognition nationwide at local, state, and national levels including securing placements in The New York Times, USA Today, and PBS.

 

Kim is also an award-winning journalist, who prior to working on the Waterford.org team spent 16 years in broadcast journalism. Kim worked in large cities across the country. From Dallas to San Antonio and Salt Lake City, she told stories that gave a voice to the most vulnerable members of her community, including abused children and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2016 Kim won a National Gracie award for her story on Rape and the Criminal Justice System, and in 2018 she was named the Anne Freimuth Child Advocate of the Year by Prevent Child Abuse Utah.

2018-Present

Waterford.org

Senior Vice President of Communication

2010-Present

Public Speaker

Nationwide

2011-2018

KTVX-TV Utah

Primary Anchor/ Investigative Reporter

2003-2011

Reporter/Anchor

Various Stations in Texas

Awards

Community Involvement

  • Develops and executes strategies to help educate government, media, and the public about Waterford’s nonprofit vision

  • Creates partnerships with local leaders, nonprofits, education leaders in multiple states. Partnerships include Granite SD (UT), United Way of Salt Lake, Salt Lake Head Start, Neighborhood House Head Start (CA), The Children’s Movement (FL), State Superintendents (UT, MT, ID, ND, NH), Legislators (UT, IN, NM, WI)

  • TED Audacious – Handled all media, assisted Claudia Miner in preparation for her talk and attended event

  • Developed a Champion List for the organization to better utilize external supporters

  • Works directly with Executive Team to create and implement branding/voice for the organization 

  • Acts as the public face of and community liaison for Waterford’s nonprofit work

  • Developed organizational media strategy which has led to increased recruitment, thought leadership, and national news coverage over the past 3 years.

  • Media hits include: The New York Times, PBS and, Yahoo News, USA Today

  • Host and Emcee for Waterford.org partner events

  • Hosts panel discussions for Waterford.org: interviews board members, executive team members, district partners and state leaders

  • Bylines and Ghostwrites Op-Eds on the importance of education (Salt Lake Tribune, Concord Monitor, SmartBrief, eSchool News)

  • Travels across the country speaking as an advocate for victims of violence

  • Spoke at the Utah Office for Victims of Crime, training victim advocates, law enforcement, and
    prosecutors about the journalism code of ethics, how to best work with the media, and how to identify fake news         

  • Addressed the Utah Prosecution Council about the importance of working with the media

  • Spoke at an international law enforcement conference in Dallas, TX about the benefits of a good   
    working relationship with the media

Emcees events for nonprofit organizations across Utah and Texas

  • Anchored weeknight 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm newscasts

  • Promoted from weekday 5pm anchor in 2013

  • Led the newsroom in putting the most up-to-date content live on air under intense daily pressure

  • Interviewed, wrote, and presented news stories that educate the community

  • TV Stations: KXAS (Dallas), WOAI (San Antonio), KAMR/KCIT (Amarillo), KRBC (Abilene)

  • Reporting topics: Investigations, Crime, Courts, Legislative, Education, Children/Women’s issues

  • 2018 Child Advocate of the Year, Prevent Child Abuse Utah

  • 2017 Grace Award “Best Hard News Reporting,” Alliance for Women in Media

  • 2017 Best Television Series, Society of Professional Journalists

  • 2019, 2017, 2015 Best Newscast, Society of Professional Journalists

  • Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

  • Utah Domestic Violence Coalition          

  • American Heart Association                    

  • The Children’s Center Utah          

  • The United Way

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