Charlotte Reporter Leaves TV to Tell "Positive News" Stories

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Sarah Batista is leaving TV news and the bad news stories behind.  

The Hispanic Reporter is starting her own business and dedicate herself to telling “positive stories.”

The Latin American Herald Tribune says that after seven years as a reporter and program host on WBTV, an affiliate of CBS in Charlotte, Sarah Batista dropped the crime beat to produce a series of documentaries called “Stories to Inspire.”

Batista, 33, told Efe that reporting bad news had become a routine, and she had little chance to work on stories that would inspire her audience.

“In 2012 I started researching what I had to do to start my own business, and I chose the not-for-profit field because that is where people can make a difference,” she said.

“The goal is to help non-profit organizations garner donations and clients, to motivate their staff and volunteers to show the power of the institution,” Batista said.

Batista worked for two TV stations in Charlottesville, Virginia, before joining WBTV in 2006.

“My start with WBTV wasn’t easy,” Batista said. “I had to work really hard, I was the only Hispanic reporter and they didn’t know what to do with me, but I tried hard and my work was appreciated. I’m leaving the channel at the top of my game.”