Shannon Konoske began working as an Assignment Editor for WLUC-TV6 in September 2021.
She has lived in Marquette County since 2017; however, her heart belongs to western Oregon where she is originally from. Having grown up near the foothills of the Coast Range on the western side of the Willamette Valley, she was formerly accustomed to wet, evergreen winters and summers filled with combines and balers making lazy circles in the valley’s wealth of farmland.
She spent every summer between her four years of college, in fact, working at a family-owned farm just a mile down the road from her parents’ house—surrounded by jewel-laden strawberry fields, heavy peach-laden branches, and fairytale-like orchards of perfectly groomed filbert (hazelnut) orchards.
A product of the West, she frequently longs for the cover of emerald fir forest, the crash of waves on the Pacific Coastline, and snow-capped mountain peaks visible through cloud cover on the eastern side of Willamette Valley. However, in 2017 she traded in her western boots and hoodies for snow boots and parkas and—packing all she could fit in the back of her Subaru—made the 2,100-mile drive to Marquette to begin her Master of Arts degree in English at Northern Michigan University.
Finding reminders of the Oregon Coast in Lake Superior on stormy days, and beauty in the woods which erupt in color in the fall, Shannon now lives permanently in the U.P., but takes every opportunity to journey back home to Oregon.
Before this position, Shannon taught college composition, high school sophomore English, and was also a reporter.
In her free time, she loves to write (and read, of course), travel—even if it’s a short drive away—and find opportunities to stay active, both outside and in.