Theresa Opeka is the General Assembly Reporter for Carolina Journal. A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Theresa is happy to call North Carolina home. She started her career as a radio news director/anchor/reporter/personality and has covered breaking news, government meetings, and trials, including one that gained national attention. She has also interviewed people ranging from business owners to U.S. senators. She also hosted a music show on the weekend. Theresa was also a reporter for many years for a newspaper and covered breaking news, municipal meetings, hearings, and wrote feature stories. She was most recently a freelance reporter for a Pennsylvania-based news website and served as a host/podcast producer for a broadcasting company based in Apex, NC.
Theresa graduated from Bloomsburg University with BA in Mass Communications-Radio-TV and a Minor in History. She was inspired to be on the radio at 15 after hearing disc jockey Scott Shannon on a morning radio show in New York City. Her focus shifted to covering and writing news stories. “Writing fascinates me. Whether it is interviewing someone telling their life story or covering a press conference, I feel it is so important to get every detail about a story and that it is accurate, so the reader has the feeling they were there. We are their eyes and ears to what is happening. What is also so important is getting both sides of the story, so the reader has an accurate account of what is happening.”
Theresa’s interests include music, concerts, talk radio, reading, watching UK/Australian dramas and comedies, the beach, fairs, attending sporting events, and going to Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, near Binghamton, when she goes back to PA for visits. She also loves cats and resides in the Raleigh area with her cat Anna.