Veteran reporter Sierra Scott sensed that Pittsburg would be a good place to find good news when she visited the community two years ago.
At that time, Scott was in her fifth year of producing a news show out of Wichita entitled “It’s All Good with Sierra Scott,” which focuses on feature-length stories highlighting good news around Kansas.
“I find Pittsburg an interesting place with niches and really unique people who have filled them,” Scott said.
She and Blake Benson, president of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, agreed at the time that Scott would be able to make a return trip to highlight some of the places that impressed her on her previous visit.
“I could tell Sierra was genuinely impressed with Pittsburg and we agreed at that time we were going to try to get her back here,” Benson said.
Although logistics and scheduling caused two years to pass before she was able to return, Scott said she was excited to make this visit and plans additional return trips.
“All three will be places I visited with Leadership Kansas,” she said of her locations Tuesday. “We want to come back and do more rounds.”
Scott spent Tuesday morning at Pitsco, the middle part of the day at Miller’s Professional Imaging and then continued on to Big Brutus.
Benson said Scott’s choice to feature the three locations means a lot to the area.
“We’re especially proud they’re spotlighting two of our homegrown businesses, Pitsco and Millers,” Benson said.
He said this was an incredible opportunity for the businesses to tell their stories.
“(They shared) not only stories about how Pitsco came about, but also Harvey’s (Dean, CEO and president at Pitsco, Inc.) story in general,” Benson said, adding that Dean struggled in school and discovered he learned better in a hands-on situation.
Page 2 of 2 - “Now he and his family have turned that into a global leader," Benson said.
Scott, who spent 21 years as a television reporter covering crime, said a particular part of Dean’s story stuck with her.
“What I thought was most fascinating at Pitsco is Harvey’s appealing to students who might drop out or struggle to learn,” Scott said, adding that there is a strong correlation between dropping out and incarceration.
Scott then took time to learn about the hands-on touch given to every photo at Miller’s, as she watched specialists color-correct each photo, wrap canvasses on frames and apply custom finishes by hand.
Joe Dellasega, who does marketing for Millers, said the company was excited to get the word out.
“For us, it’s exciting because Mpix is trying to let the consumers know we’re here,” he said.
“Communities can buy advertising in a regional trade publication, but to have something like this, that really explains in detail the people and the stories behind the community, is priceless,” Benson added.
“I am impressed,” Scott said as she toured. “Pittsburg has a lot to offer and a lot of quality comes out of Pittsburg.”
Scott said she enjoys the types of stories she does through her show.
“I got tired of doing the stories on the rapists, robbers and murders,” she said, adding that “It’s All Good” offers an enjoyable change. “What we do is go around and look for the positive stories.”
She said she also enjoys the opportunity to report on a deeper level than a 1.5-minute news slot might allow.
“We can really delve into the story,” she said. “Because it’s a half-hour show we can go 10 minutes, 15 minutes. It gives us the ability to tell the deeper story.”
Scott said the show she worked on this week likely will air in the fall, and she anticipates at least two of the stories will run in the same segment, but said final length will depend on the interviews and how the stories come together when edited.