Damon Mitchell is the new Emerging Voices fellow at WPLN News. Get to know the newest voice on air.
Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I always wanted to be a farmer growing up. Obviously, that didn’t happen.
Follow-up question: What made you want to be a farmer? And what made you change your mind?
Q. What made you decide to move to Nashville and work for WPLN News?
A. I’ve always been a fan of the South, plus Nashville seemed like a great place to find stories. I got into journalism because I felt media wasn’t diverse. WPLN’s desire to bring diversity to public radio stuck out to me. The station seemed like a good place to gain audio reporting skills, too.
Q. What can listeners expect you to cover at WPLN News in the next year?
A. In the coming months, listeners can expect a lot of general coverage from me as I adapt to radio reporting. Eventually, I hope to develop an expertise. Two topics I’m interested in exploring are development and transportation.
Q. a) Do you consider yourself to be a foodie? b) Any favorite Nashville restaurants so far? c) Any places on your “must try” list?
A. I do consider myself a foodie. Riddim N Spice is my favorite Nashville restaurant so far. I had four people tell me Slim & Husky’s has the best pizza in Davidson County. It’s at the top of my must-try list.
Q. What do you like to do for fun outside of the office?
A. I’m still unpacking boxes in my apartment. But one thing I’m looking forward to is exploring the green spaces around town. That should be a lot of fun!