2009-10-15 / Community
Rising star following her television dreams
After she discovered a passion for broadcast journalism at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Katie Krause has since starred in a reality show, interviewed celebrities on the red carpet and served as a correspondent on the television psychology show “Dr. Phil.”
As a host for Hollywood.TV and Hollywire.com, Krause, a 23year-old Westlake Village resident, has interviewed such stars as Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Bacon and Selena Gomez.
Krause was one of 10 women featured last spring on Oxygen network’s competitive reality show “Pretty Wicked.” The producers had made it seem like it would involve hosting, Krause said, then she discovered that the show’s true purpose was to challenge participants to change their “wicked ways.”
“I was angry and wanted to leave but couldn’t because of the contracts,” Krause said. “You live and you learn.”
She lived in the house for a month, came out in the top four and said she was grateful for the fan base she developed.
“I made a couple of good friends from the show. A few I talk to on a daily basis, and one is coming to visit me,” Krause said.
Krause got the “Dr. Phil” gig after she responded to a job ad on the Craigslist website seeking applicants with hosting experience and an interest in social issues. Krause was asked to come up with ideas. She chose girl bullying, interviewed several friends and sent in the footage. She was flown to Northern California to interview a 14-year-old victim of bullying in school. Krause said she chose the issue because during her high school years she had been both a bully and bullied. The episode aired on Oct. 1.
“It’s like a power struggle. All girls go through it. Instead of being nice to each other they get so caught up in popularity and fitting in,” Krause said.
Krause will cover other issues for “Dr. Phil.”
“If I can make a difference I would love to do that,” Krause said.
Krause credits Oaks Christian digital-video teacher Reid Chobanian with developing her interest in journalism and giving her the opportunity to anchor the daily school news broadcast.
“It was a 15- to 20-minute show with announcements of what’s going on around campus. We learned to do reporter packages, covered sports,” Krause said. “It was really how I got my start.”
Krause was involved in the entire process—writing producing and filming. She said she most enjoyed anchoring. Chobanian called Krause “an exceptional reporter and a natural at the anchor desk.”
“Her dedication to the news team was appreciated, and she brought life and her vibrant personality to each broadcast,” Chobanian said. “I still refer to her when we are teaching news students about the skills needed to be a successful broadcast journalist.”
After graduating from Oaks Christian, Krause attended Southern Methodist University in Texas, producing and anchoring the school’s televised morning show. She earned a degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish.
The summer before senior year, Krause interned at “Entertainment Tonight” in Los Angeles. Through a professor she’d obtained the contact information of a producer who helped her earn the internship.
“I called him about 30 times before he called me back,” Krause said. “I was going to be home for Easter break, and he said, ‘Why don’t you come down and do a quick interview?’ He hired me on the spot.”
Krause called the internship “a dream come true.”
“I used to just sit on the stage and watch Mary Hart and Mark Steines,” Krause said.
After graduating, Krause worked for a year at a Los Angeles public relations firm but was unhappy. She decided she wanted a career in entertainment. She moved back in with her parents in Westlake Village and began looking for work. An “Entertainment Tonight” segment director contacted her earlier this year about covering red-carpet events.
“It was incredible to be interviewing these people,” Krause said. “As an intern I would see reporters interviewing the talent, and I thought, ‘I want to do that, too.’”
Krause credits her mother with teaching her how to talk to people.
“I’ve never really been nervous when I’ve interviewed anyone,” Krause said. “I’m more interested in what they have to say. I want to make them comfortable to talk to me.”
To prepare for the red carpet, Krause makes a question list and checks to see what stars will attend.
“I want them to know I care and that I’m there to help them talk about what they want to talk about,” Krause said. “A lot of them respect and appreciate that.”
Krause says her ultimate job would be to host a show like “Entertainment Tonight, “Insider” or “The View.”
“Entertainment is just so much more glamorous and it’s fun, and I really want to know what the real story is,” Krause said. “A lot of it is hidden and fabricated, and I’m curious.”
Krause maintains a blog at KatieKinLA.com.