December 31, 2007
for FOX News Former Miss Florida USA
Shannon Bream, who grew up in Tallahassee,
has found a job that combines her experience in law with her long-standing
passion for news. Bream has become FOX News' Supreme Court correspondent,
covering cases ranging from testimony of Guantanamo Bay detainees to hearings
on the death penalty. She is the daughter of Marie Norris and Leon County
Commissioner Ed DePuy.
A self-described "news junkie,"
Bream graduated from North Florida Christian and Liberty University before
earning a law degree from Florida State University. She worked at a law firm
in Tampa for several years before switching to a career in journalism at WFTS,
the ABC affiliate there. "I started out with all the most unglamorous
aspects of the business — making copies, getting coffee and making beat
checks," she said. "But I loved every minute of it."
The former Miss USA contestant said the
experience helped her to mature. "I think it's a great avenue for
learning to deal with nerves and being comfortable speaking in public in front
of a wide array of people," she said. "As a young person, it was a
good experience in learning to juggle a lot of different things at the same
She landed her current job after running into
FOX anchor Brit Hume while in Washington. He asked what her dream job would
be, and she told him, "I've always dreamed of working for FOX News."
The next thing she knew, he was telling her about a new job opening FOX had
for a Supreme Court correspondent, and he asked whether she'd be
interested.” He found out I was a lawyer and he thought it might be a
perfect fit," she said.
Although Bream has been on the job only a few weeks, she thinks he was right. "I absolutely love this job, and I love Washington," she said. "So I'd be willing to stay here as long as they'll have me." Her father couldn't be happier for her. "I think this is something where her life-long dream has come true," DePuy said. "It's nice when your kids realize their dreams. I'm very proud of her."
» 2007-YEAR IN REVIEW:
It’s always fun to take a look back on the year that was! And 2007 brought us some memorable pictures and people, not to mention some great pageantry. So put on those flashback glasses and as we started with this past January and today ends with December. Then it’s time to start it again as we are out to make memories in 2008!
All pageant eyes were on The Sunshine State as October started with the twenty-sixth Miss Florida Teen USA Pageant. Our state championship for teenage pageantry featured fifty-seven delegates as the former Miss Sunset Place Teen USA Annilie Hastey passed her crown to Miss Miami Teen USA Jillian Wunderlich in a Sunday afternoon final competition. Over five million people worldwide watched the competition in over fifty countries on a tape-delayed basis. In other state news both Miss Wunderlich and Miss Florida USA Jessica Rafalowski have a busy month of appearances. Miss Miami Tropics kicks off the 2009 Road To Hollywood.
Miss Wunderlich is the 27th Miss Florida Teen USA!
Ms. Rafalowski with Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino
Miss Wunderlich meets the Incredible Hulk Lou Ferigno
Miss Miami Tropics kicks off the new season!
From picnics with lawyers to stomping grapes for charity November was all about appearances for our Team Florida USA! Along the way our Miss Florida USA Jessica Rafalowski meet several of our South Florida dignitaries along the way but the best was meeting former Attorney General Janet Reno. The Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale hosted several of our delegates for a very interesting Swimwear Fashion Show. The final pageant of 2007 took place in Daytona Beach with Miss Daytona USA 2009.
With former Attorney General Janet Reno and friends
Swimsuits from the last century were featured at this fashion show!
Add wine stomping to the list of official pageant duties!
Miss Daytona Beach USA was the last preliminary pageant of the year!
December was all about Parades as you could see our local titleholders all around the state! Team Florida USA were apart of South Miami’s “Santa’s Parade of Elves”, Hollywood Beach’s Candy Cane Parade and the world largest boat parade “Winterfest”. Ms. Rafalowski also sat down for her official photo shoot with Bob Lasky. What a year it was for The Miss Florida USA Family and we can’t wait for 2008!
December began with Ms. Rafalowski at Photos by Lasky
Team Miami Tropics and Sunset Place USA Joined Jillian at The Santa's Parade of Elves in South Miami
The Hollywood Candy Cane Parade is always a hit!
The Winterfest Boat Parade ends the year for Team Miss Florida USA!
» MISS FLORIDA USA ON FACEBOOK
In our ongoing attempt to
be everywhere on the internet we now have an active Face Book Site. We love
the interaction and ability to contact our friends and keep them up to date
with the latest in pageant news and pictures. Surf to www.FaceBook.com/MissFloridaUSA
and say hello!
» PARADE PICTURES AT OUR VIRB
We have found a great host for all of our pictures before they are formally posted here on our home page starting on Monday. Visit http://virb.com/missfloridausa for pictures from Jillian’s parade appearance this past weekend in South Miami. Always trying to stay ahead of the communications curve here at Miss Florida USA.
»New State Pictures Up at our www.Virb.com Miss Florida USA Channel!
We have found a great host for all of our
pictures before they are formally posted here on our home page. Visit http://virb.com/missfloridausa
as we have posted over 150 photos from this past pre-tape weekend. We will
also post all timely pictures there after preliminary pageants and special
appearances. Always trying to stay ahead of the communications cure here at
Miss Florida USA!
& STORIES WANTED!
If you enjoy reading the stories of our Miss Florida USA Family and want us to know what great things are happening either during or after you reign please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love touting our sorority of outstanding Florida women. Please send us a paragraph (or two) on your appearances, awards or community service and include pictures. We want you to have all of the support of this great lifestyle we call Miss Florida USA!
Alumni News Wanted!
If you know of any Miss Florida USA alumni in the news please drop us an email to feature them in future articles. Email all info to email@example.com! Until next week here to good pageantry!
OF THE WEEK!
Our Picture of The Week Committee is taking New Years Eve off! Will see everyone in 2008,
until then enjoy our favorite crowning pictures of 2007, HAPPY NEW YEAR!