Nadine (Deanie) Wimmer graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor’s degree in 1989, and then with her Master’s in 1993.
She participated in a Hinckley internship in Washington, D.C. at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) located at Georgetown University. This unique opportunity enabled her to live on the Georgetown campus and gain exposure to Washington, D.C., which she says fueled a passion that pushed her to enter graduate school. She has many fond memories of her time as a D.C. intern, particularly watching fireworks on the Fourth of July from the National. Mall.
Wimmer also states that her internship with TFAS is what helped her get an internship with KSL when she returned to Utah, which then led to a job. She says, “It was actually during my internship in D.C. that I got my first phone call from KSL saying I’d be starting in their new internship program.” She felt her Hinckley internship in D.C. is what distinguished her from other interns at KSL.
During her time in graduate school, she benefitted from the guidance of then Hinckley Institute Director, Ted Wilson. He played an instrumental role in her thesis and served on her graduate committee. Wimmer still remembers the relief and excitement she felt when he read the final draft and exclaimed, “Okay, it looks good.” She feels that his mentorship helped her not only to complete her thesis, but also create a compelling graduate video project which was aired on KSL.
Looking back, Wimmer reflects that the Hinckley Institute provided the experiences of a lifetime. “These experiences enhanced my skills, knowledge, and credibility – which led to my first job. I credit the Hinckley with directly helping me to get to where I am today.”
Today, Wimmer co-anchors KSL News. She is also an Emmy award-winning reporter who covers education and leads the station’s literacy initiative “Read Today”, KSL’s high impact reading program.