News is never typical or predictable, and that's why Pamela Escobar became a reporter.
Since August of 2013, she's been at WBTV covering crime, courts and other investigative stories.
Previously, she was a reporter for WFMZ in Reading, Pennsylvania where she often worked on two stories a day. Pamela has covered major storms that have devastated the area including the October snowstorm in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy. When former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of molesting boys he met through his charity the Second Mile, Pamela interviewed a Reading man who met Sandusky at a Second Mile summer camp when he was 8 years old. He shared how he was courted by Sandusky by being taken to Eagles games, Penn State games and to Sandusky's basement.
When someone leaves news for PR, we say they are 'crossing to the dark side.' Pamela started on the dark side.
When she graduated from Tufts University, Pamela worked in public relations in Washington, DC. After three years of working on technology and healthcare clients, she decided to seek adventure. She moved to Mexico City, lived with extended family and worked as an English teacher. While abroad Pamela decided to move back to the United States to become a reporter.
She went to Syracuse University for graduate school and started out as a reporter for WAER-FM, the campus radio station. She also interned in Watertown, New York where Pamela shadowed multi-media journalists who showed her how to do it all; shoot, write and edit a story.
Pamela used those skills the last weeks of her grad school program in Washington, DC where she covered stories for WBRE and fed them back to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Her first on-air television reporting job was in the Quad-Cities for WQAD in Moline, Illinois just across the Mississippi River from Davenport, Iowa. Pamela went from being a multi-media journalist to an assignment as a full-time reporter.
Pamela was in Iowa for the 2008 caucuses and interviewed all the presidential candidates who spent months campaigning there, including McCain, Romney, Clinton, Edwards and President Obama, who was Senator Obama at the time. Pamela also went to Dekalb, Illinois to cover the campus shootings at NIU, which has been called the Valentine's Day Massacre.
When she's not reporting, Pamela's taking care of her two beautiful girls and catching up with friends and family in Philadelphia.