In My Opinion: A New Blog by Charly Arnolt

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In my opinion, there’s something special about the Midwest. Although, it took me a while to realize it.

I was born and raised in Indianapolis and had nothing short of a wonderful childhood filled with lots of opportunities. However, after 18 years I was tired of what I considered at the time to be “boring Indiana,” so I packed up my stuff and headed to the East Coast for college.

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In Washington, DC I found a world of constant hustle and bustle. I began using my car horn way more than any normal person should (and still do sometimes, sorry!) and learned to weave in and out of traffic like I was in a video game. I absolutely loved it.

Shortly after college, I headed to West Virginia for a job at the NBC station in Huntington, WV. This move pulled me far away from the fast paced lifestyle I had grown accustomed to, and perhaps a little too far. I missed DC, and was determined to get back there regardless of what it took.

But, life had other plans for me. It brought me back home to Indianapolis where I landed a freelance reporting position with FOX 59 News.

While back home I finally began to appreciate the Midwest and that appreciation continues to grow.

The people, I’ve found, are unparallelled. I’ve heard us referred to by outsiders as wholesome, but I like to call it real. Midwesterners tend to tell it like it is, but also know when a little sugarcoating is needed. It seems like no matter where you go here, there is always someone who is willing to go out of their way to help you. And when you walk down the street and smile at someone, you can almost be sure they will smile back. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling, and can honestly say this genuine friendliness is not something you find everywhere.

The people make the place, and that’s what makes the Midwest so special. When I found out that my career was bringing me to Kansas City, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I would love it.

I’m so excited to be a part of the FOX 4 team. I look forward to getting to know you, our viewers, and getting the opportunity to share your stories.

Well, now you know my opinion on the Midwest, what’s yours?

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