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Rick Blum

Published On: Apr 20 2012 12:44:25 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 22 2014 01:26:07 PM CDT

Hometown: La Grange, Illinois

High School: Lyons Township High School, La Grange, Illinois

College: Valapraiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

Other Journalism Experience: Reporter – KSNT-TV, Topeka,KS; Reporter WLUK-TV, Green Bay/Appleton, Wisconsin

Started at WISC-TV on: July 8, 1996

Twitter: @rblum_news3

What is your favorite part about living in Madison?

The lakes.

What is the biggest news story that you've covered?

The 1993 Floods.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Softball, Sing in the Choir, coach/attend my children's sporting events.

What is your family life like? Significant other, married, kids?

Married, 2 children

What is your favorite kind of ice cream?

Black Cherry

What is the funniest thing that's ever happened to you?

It's a long story, but playing golf with my family in 1995, when I blew the window out of clubhouse near the first tee.

What is your favorite place to vacation?

Arcadia, Michigan.

Who is your hero and why?

My dad, because he showed me how to live my life.

What was your favorite band when you were in high school?

Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

What is your favorite sport to play or watch?

Baseball, football or basketball.

If you could possess one superhuman power, what would it be?

Omniscience.

What are you really bad at that you'd love to be great at?

Basketball.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

Traveling along the Pacific Coast.

What is the worst job you have ever had?

Working at Sears answering center on Madison's East Side.

Who would you most like to interview alive or dead, and why?

Winston Churchill, because he was able to manage adversity under extreme pressure.

What is your favorite tradition around the holidays?

Going to my parents' house in Chicago and being with family.

What is your favorite song of all time?

"Life is a Highway" - Tom Cochrane.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Witness.

What is your favorite book of all time?

All The King's Men

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Do what you love, and it will never feel like you're working.

If you could relive any moment...what would that be?

Watching Valparaiso hit the miracle "shot" in the NCAA tournament in 1998.

Where were you when September 11, 2001 occurred?

In Madison...at work.

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