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Issue Date: January 2010

Most Interesting People 2010 - Kimberly Gill

by Jennifer Bowen, Katie Dragga, Emily Garvey, Lauren Hennen, Christina Ipavec, Brittany Moffat, Kim Schneider, Colleen Smitek, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan, Erick Trickey & Jim Vickers; edited by Colleen Smitek
Kimberly Gill
Morning anchor
at NewsChannel 5 | 33

Why she’s interesting … She got where she is today (a top 20 market) through the kind of hard work not exactly typical of young college students — she drove an 18-wheeler.

How’d that happen? … Looking to pay her way through college at the University of South Carolina, she took a job unloading trucks for FedEx. When a driving position for more money opened, she jumped at it.

The lesson … “My grandmother always said, ‘You can do anything. You can’t help it that you don’t have this or you don’t have that, but if you’re willing to work hard and pray about it, you can do anything.’ ”

What gets her up at 1:45 a.m. … Four alarm clocks, as well as a television, phone and light all on a timer. “If you were a fly on the wall, it would probably scare you.”

Her roots … She was born and raised in a small town named Newberry, S.C.

She misses … Sweet tea, grits and family

Taming her Southern accent … By sixth grade, Gill aspired to be on TV and sound like people on it. “I would imitate people I saw and record myself reading the newspaper. The words that sounded country I would practice them until they sounded like the people in the big city.”

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 3:03:47 PM by Amy Peacock
Knowing Kim from school (and mutual family members), I am not suprised that she has turned out to be as successful as she is. She was beautiful back then, inside and out, and I can see that she is still the same way. She makes me proud to call Newberry, South Carolina home!!!!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:15:27 PM by Steve
Kim came to my mind recently. I met her at driving school in Arkansas quite a few years ago. Going back then I knew she was destined to be successful. Everybody loved her, especially me.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 6:01:08 PM by Johnnerlyn Johnson
Kimberly is the epitome of a hard worker who is inspiring to so many people. She has spent a lifetime honing her craft and it shows. We went to college together and both hail from the Carolinas! Ms. Gill has done a plethora of community service which fleshes out her character even more. I am so proud of you. Cleveland, you have a shining star!

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