Celebrating Women of 22News

Womens History

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the women of 22News. 

Who inspired you to become a journalist? 

Hayley Crombleholme

I’d have to say Martha Gellhorn – she was a bold woman who covered essentially every major conflict that occurred during her lifetime, and she married Ernest Hemingway to boot. Also Harriet Beecher Stowe – though she was a fiction writer, she was a fantastic storyteller and her words made an impact. 


Taylor Knight

The top inspirations that come to mind are Natalie Morales, Erin Andrews, and my mom! 

I grew up in Connecticut watching Natalie go from NBC CT, all the way up to the Today Show. She proved that hard work pays off. 

I also have a passion for sports (my degree is in sports journalism) so Erin Andrews has been a great inspiration for me. She is so talented, and I still watch her to try to make my own work better. 

Finally, my mom was the person who got me hooked on local news. We watched the news together every morning before school, and she told me I can become a reporter if I work hard and dream big. 


Kelly Reardon

Ginger Zee has always been my inspiration to be a meteorologist. She’s a strong woman who also knows her science!


Jodi Reed

Sharman Sacchetti from WHDH, She was the first reporter to show me the ropes in the industry. 


Tamara Sacharczyk

I always looked up to the female anchors at 22News when I would watch growing up & thought they had the coolest job. 

My mom & my high school journalism teacher, Linda Abel, were probably my biggest motivators. They both inspired me to pursue my dreams, and encouraged me along the way.


Sydney Snow

One journalist who sticks out to me is Heidi Watney. She is one of the reasons I wanted to pursue this career. I remember growing up and watching her when she was the Red Sox sideline reporter for NESN. Baseball is a man driven sport. The players, coaches, and media members are all men. But, Heidi was never bothered by it. She was respected by everyone because of her knowledge and passion for the game. She is now one of the top journalists in baseball; man or woman. She covers the MLB draft to the World Series for the MLB Network. She’s even the main sideline reporter in the video game “MLB The Show 2019 edition.” She is definitely an inspiration for aspiring women journalist everywhere. 


Ciara Speller

My maternal grandmother inspired me to become a journalist. She and I would watch the evening news together whenever I would visit her and she encouraged me to take up the field one day. A few years ago she fell ill and I promised her that she would see my face on TV before she died, and she did. She passed away this past January. 


Jennifer Zarate

My high school English teacher who ran the school’s paper: Joe Jeremias

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