It was a privilege to be able to interview Jana Shortal a television reporter who, in addition to being amazing at her job, is challenging commonly held notions about what a female reporter is “supposed to look like”. You may have heard about her earlier this year when a gossip columnist tried to body shame her choice of attire while reporting on one of the biggest stories in Minnesota history. Well, Jana was just listed (as #1 I might add) in Shape Magazine’s 10 Badass Women Who Made 2016 Better By Clapping Back at Body-Shaming Haters.

In this interview Jana shares that confidence is like a sausage – you don’t really want to know what goes into making it, because it’s not pretty. And there’s a big difference between false confidence and authentic belief and comfort with one’s self.

Jana Shortal is a reporter and co-anchor of KARE11’s new 6:30 show Breaking the NewsHailing from small town southern Illinois, she is learning a whole new meaning of “winter” here in the Twin Cities. Jana began reporting for KARE in December of 2003, just in time for the temperatures to fall below her idea of freezing. But, she’s excited about the opportunities to live and learn here in the north. Jana has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. She loves to run, having been in road races for more than 10 years. She’s a writer as well and says she’s working on making her journal into something the masses will read. You can keep up with her on Facebook or Twitter @janashortal

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