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.

SCDNR turtle technician Tyler Harrell, above, is interviewed by Lillian Freeman in her podcast series about SCDNR staff and their careers.

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.

The podcast can be found on my website here or on YouTube here.

 

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.