“I have always loved people, talking, gathering information and storytelling” so it was natural for me to go into television journalism says Victoria Gaither.
Victoria is a native Washingtonian. She is a TV news anchor/reporter and a multimedia program host. She started her broadcasting career as an intern for Ted Koppel. She landed her first full-time job as a writer/producer in Baltimore at WMAR TV.
Victoria moved from behind to in front of the camera working as a reporter and anchor in the Midwest at WAND news and at WMDT news on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They say the TV business is a small one and she returned to Baltimore as an on air personality.
It was at WMDT news that she produced and hosted ‘Good Things Delmarva’ a public affairs show that she really looked forward to taping every two weeks. “Aside from my regular duties as evening news anchor, hosting this show was great because it was all good news. So it was a break from the regular crime, politics and murder stories that aired on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.”
‘Good Things Delmarva’ gave me the idea to do a show with positive news. So as my career continued I always had this in the back of my mind. Last year, I decided to act on it and I created ‘At Home with Victoria’ a show that focuses on women’s issues, the work of non profit organizations and community stories.”
I started to put the word out to my friends in TV news, producers, directors, folks I had done stories on in the past and non profits to let me give them air time on my show to talk about their passions. In TV news, I would do a 30 minute interview and only 30 seconds would show up on the evening news. “I always thought what a waste because so much important information never reached the public”.
To be able to give someone an hour or two to talk about their organization is not usually something you can do in a traditional format because time and finances don’t allow it. Now, these organizations can use my show as a promotion tool or on their websites to promote their programs, events or organizations. Victoria was very happy that Apple’s i-Tunes picked up her show as a free podcast. What that means is you can now download “At Home with Victoria” on apple for free and it’s available to thousands of people. She is also active with the American News Women’s Organization of DC and The National Press Club in Washington DC.