I’m Lillian Freeman … the voice behind the interviews you hear on my podcast website http://ihadtoask.com. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be working with South Carolina Wildlife magazine and SouthCarolinaWild.org on this career exploration project.
Through this series of podcasts for South Carolina Wild, I will be spotlighting South Carolina Department of Natural Resources staff and the kind of work that they do.
My first interview is with Tyler Harrell, a turtle technician who works for the SCDNR (right). She is happy to share what her job is like, and all about sea turtles.
About Lillian Freeman and I Had to Ask
I am a sophomore at North Myrtle Beach High School in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Go Chiefs!!!) In fourth grade, I started doing radio journalism for 90.7 FM, Kool Kidz and a Radio, at Red Bank Elementary School (RBES) in Lexington, SC. I was mentored by news reporter Mary King of WIS News 10 in Columbia, SC and John Paul Sellars of RBES. I have covered MerleFest (a music festival in North Wilkesboro, NC) since 2011.
When I was ten I launched my own podcast, I Had to Ask, and the rest is history! For four years I was credentialed press for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) business conference, including being one the only journalists reporting from the red carpet for the awards show. I have had the pleasure of interviewing people ranging from Leon Russell and Warren Haynes (and other well-known musicians), to Meg Cabot and Marc Brown (authors of “The Princess Diaries” and “Arthur”), and South Carolina naturalist, Rudy Mancke.
During the summer of 2017 I interned at Walk West, a social media and communication company in Raleigh, NC, and have also been writing for my local newspaper, the North Myrtle Beach Times. Aside from journalism, I love being outside and doing outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing. I participate in my Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit, play violin and enjoy running. I would like to go to the United States Naval Academy and be a biomedical engineer.