Vegas Seven

Best Reason to Wake Up Early

Demetria Obilor, 8 News Now

Demetria Obilor | Photo by Anthony Mair

Dear Demetria,

We were never early risers, but we find ourselves waking at dawn to watch your early-morning traffic reports (weekdays from 4–7 a.m.)—even though some of us walk to work. Your radiant presence on our TV screens is our double shot of espresso. Your bubbly personality makes something as mundane as reporting minor collisions on the I-15 a popcorn-eating affair. We love that you stay down-to-earth, tweeting rap lyrics and interacting with fans (“I’m a millennial and I’m not going to pretend to be something that I’m not,” you told us). And you’re a great role model. When a racist spouted hatred about your magnificent natural curly locks, you took the high road to empower young women. “There are so many people who are younger than me who are going to go through the same exact thing if they want to be in this field, or if they want to just work at Target,” you said. “You have to be able to feel comfortable with who you are, and I don’t mind taking a stand for that and showing people that, ‘Hey, it doesn’t faze me. Therefore, it better not faze you.’” We’re so glad you decided to move back home (Spring Valley High School, class of ’09) from the Midwest. But there’s one thing we forgot to ask during our interview: Are you single?

XOXO,
Vegas Seven

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