Kimberly Bookman’s love of journalism started in Ms. Messia’s writing class at Hillside Elementary School, and was fostered through English classes at Pollard Middle School and Needham High School. Today, Kimberly is an enterprising TV Reporter at WHDH/7 News in Boston. Kimberly always knew she wanted to be a TV correspondent and spent a significant amount of time during high school interning at the local cable station. This was
clearly evident when she looked back at her NHS yearbook in preparation for this award and the majority of well-wishes from her classmates said “see you on TV one day!”
Upon graduating from Needham High in 1994, Kimberly earned her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from American University (AU) in Washington DC. Kimberly believes she had a “leg up” on her fellow classmates in AU’s Communications School due to the rigorous internship program that NHS offered through what was then known as “Continental Cablevision,” Needham’s local cable station. It was there she learned how to shoot and edit tape; as well as produce television segments and broadcast live programming.
Kimberly has been working in Boston for several years, where she has reported from the front lines of some of the biggest events in recent Massachusetts history. She covered: the Marathon Attacks; the arrest of former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez; the capture of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger; the Western Massachusetts tornado and several local sports team championships. Kimberly has been reporting locally for WHDH in Boston for a little more than a year. She spent 5+ years at WCVB here in Needham prior to that. Before returning home, Kimberly reported for WMURTV in Manchester, NH, WMAR-TV in Baltimore, MD, WSPATV in Spartanburg, SC and WETM-TV in Elmira, NY.Kimberly has won accolades for her excellence in journalism. She was recognized with an Associated Press Award and has been part of important team coverage at stations that were awarded a regional Murrow and Emmys.
“A good foundation of education, real world experience and social action,” is how Kimberly characterizes her time at NHS. During high school, Kimberly was president of the Debate Team, was on the Girls Swim Team, participated in Harvard Model Congress and was a member of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD). Giving back has always been an important part of Kimberly’s career and life. Currently she is a dedicated volunteer for Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women. In 2014, the organization honored her with a “Standing Strong” award for helping to empower women. She has also given her time to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Kimberly thinks it’s important for NHS students to know that “it’s not where you start, but where you finish that really matters. NHS is a great jumping off point, but for every kid that’s lost, confused, or doesn’t fit in… They should know that there’s a big world ahead with lots of choices.”
Kimberly lives in Boston.