Scene On 7 Bios - Meet the Crew - WSPA.com

Megan Heidlberg, Growing up in a family of broadcasters, Megan was a natural for her chosen profession. Her parents worked in radio and television throughout her childhood. Megan's career actually started at age three when she began doing radio commercial voice-overs.

An alumnus of Greenville High School, Megan graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Mass Communications. while there, she anchored and reported news and sports on the university's TV and radio stations. She and her husband, Jeff are proud Gamecock supporters and look forward to football season all year. Since the birth of the their soon in December 2008 they've been showing him the Gamecock ways and love seeing things through a kid's eyes.

She loves athletics having high school and college basketball. Megan continues to stay active in sports, playing basketball and softball with Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.

Megan is amazed at the constantly emerging and innovative community that she has always called home. In her opinion, the best part of her job is the opportunity to connect with the people that make the Upstate such an exciting place to live and to experience all it has to offer.

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Vanessa de la Viña, a contributing reporter for Scene on 7, was born and raised in Miami, Fl.

Growing up in a Cuban family, her first language was Spanish, which quickly evolved into "Spanglish." She loves Salsa music and Cuban food including croquetas, pastelitos, and of course, Cuban bread. If you've never eaten Cuban cuisine, she encourages you to go out and try some!

She grew up watching the local entertainment show "Deco Drive" and videotaping herself “reporting live” from her backyard during hurricanes. This passion for news led her to attend magnet programs for broadcast news throughout middle and high school. At a young age, she learned the basics of editing, filming, and writing for news.

Vanessa is a proud Gator graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She explored all kinds of news outlets during her four years in "The Swamp." She was a reporter and anchor for the noon news show “All Things Considered” at WUFT-FM, the local NPR affiliate. She also worked as a reporter and entertainment anchor for WUFT-TV, the local PBS affiliate.

She spent a year as a multi-media reporter for the ABC News On Campus program. Her stories and footage were featured on ABC News Radio, ABCNews.com, and Good Morning America. She worked with network producers to cover hot topics including the Gulf Oil Spill and the Terry Jones Koran burning. At the end of the program, she executive produced and edited an in-depth segment on the Lost Boys of the Sudan that aired on ABC News Now.

After graduating college, Vanessa worked as a reporter for KVIA in Las Cruces, NM for two years. She covered the biggest stories in southern New Mexico, including the corruption scandal in Sunland Park, the Little Bear Fire and the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Mexico.

Vanessa is excited to experience all the Upstate has to offer, especially the delicious food and great outdoor activities. In her free time, you’ll usually find her with her Pomeranian, Leo, and a great book.

She loves meeting new people and finding fun events in her community. Feel free to send her a message with story ideas or just to say hello!

Connect with Vanessa on Twitter @VanessaDeLaVina or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vanessadelavina.

You can also send her an e-mail at vdelavina@wspa.com. Email Vanessa
Jennifer Martin, a contributing reporter for Scene on 7, was born and raised in Greenville, SC. Her passion for storytelling took over while attending Mauldin High School, as she spent most weekends waking up at the crack of dawn to compete at Speech and Debate tournaments that led to winning three SC State championships in events like Humorous Interpretation.

After graduating with honors, she left for La Mirada, CA to study journalism at Biola University. She led Biola's weekly newscast "Eaglevision" as the Executive Producer/Main Anchor and reported in the Los Angeles area as a digital journalist, and also served as an intern at the number one news station in Los Angeles, ABC7 Eyewitness News. Summers back at home were spent working for The Greenville Journal and for WYFF News 4 as an intern.

Jennifer continued to compete in public speaking events, leading Biola's Speech and Debate team as Team Captain. She was named the National Champion of Communication Analysis and was also awarded the Forensics "All American" Award. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she returned to Greenville to become part of the launch team for OneMinuteNews, a personality-driven online newscast geared towards a millennial audience. She worked for 2 years as an anchor/producer before joining WSPA as a digital journalist for Scene on 7. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys taking long walks with her basset hound, Walter, hiking, going to concerts and spending time with family.

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Jack Roper started his broadcast career in radio. After several years in local Carolina radio, Jack moved to Washington, NC as a weather anchor and children’s show host at WITN-TV. He then headed out west to KENS-TV in San Antonio, TX where he was also weather anchor. He returned to South Carolina in 1986 to join the News Channel 7 team as a weather anchor.

It’s no surprise that Jack has been awarded the South Carolina Broadcasters Association’s Local Broadcast Personality of the Year award three times. Locally, readers of the Greenville News have also chosen him as Favorite Upstate Television Personality for two years. Roper is the former host of the program “Kidsizzle with Jack Roper,” which received the Best Children’s Program award five times from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. In 2003, Jack received an Emmy for his weather presentation in the News Channel 7 5pm newscast. Jack is now the on air host for News Channel 7’s Caring for the Carolinas Campaign. This campaign has given Jack more time to be out in the community and doing what he enjoys.

Jack is a native of Union, SC, a graduate of the University of South Carolina and in 2007, he received his meteorology degree from Mississippi State University. Jack spends his time outside of work performing his magic shows at area festivals and events. Jack also makes his Positive Attitude Speech at churches, civic groups, and businesses. Jack is also a musician, he regularly performs with his own band.

Community service, hard work, and dedication are what make Jack Roper one of the area’s most popular television personalities. Your Carolina with Jack and Megan is a great opportunity that will allow Jack more time to be out there in communities doing what he loves to do.

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