Jennifer Martin Cloutier ’83
Jennifer Martin Cloutier ’83
National Telly Awards (2000 – 2002)
National Crystal Communicator Award (1999)
I knew by the age of seven that I wanted to work in the field of broadcast news when I grew up, and that desire only strengthened as I got older. So when I was looking at colleges to attend, I honed in on schools with strong journalism programs, and ultimately chose the University of Florida (UF). While at UF, I completed internships with ESPN, ran the sidelines with an audio parabolic dish for CBS Sports during Saturday football games in The Swamp (UF’s football stadium), and enjoyed summer jobs as a video news editor for a local network affiliate. After graduation, I was hired by a start-up, independent TV station and performed nearly every job there was, including production, news writing and editing, and videography. I even helped to run miles of cable from the studio to the master control room. It was a great first job that provided the skills I needed to launch a successful career in the news business that lasted for nearly 15 years.
My experience in the news world (and the broader field of communications) led to me to writing and producing national and international legal settlement documentaries (e.g., 60 Minutes style video packages used in trial mediation), and then to federal contracting in media and social marketing for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where I played a key role in launching national youth violence prevention (Safe Schools/Healthy Students) and suicide prevention (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK) initiatives.
For the last 10 years, I have worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, becoming a Federal civil servant in 2008. To date, I have served as an analyst, manager, computer specialist, and (as always) a communicator. I find public service immensely gratifying and public safety a vital mission.
Mr. Sutton, Mrs. Page, Mr. Brehm, Ms. Crockford, Mrs. Holloway, Mr. Weller, Mr. Dow, Mr. Goodwin, Mr. Clemens, Mr. Hunt, Ms. Burke, Mrs.Taylor, Mrs. Crow, Mr. Rabideau, Mr. Storrs, and Ms. Drury, to name a few. My favorite subjects were Latin, French, English, and (of course) Wordly Wise.
I have many fond memories of my years at Applewild, including the Harvest Fair, Leaf Day, Green/White competitions, apple picking with Mr. Storrs, Friday half-days to go skiing, playing Bizz/Buzz in French, springtime recess on the front lawn, and family-style lunches.
I’ve always had a love of reading, writing, language, and learning. Media and communications seemed like a natural fit for me. Each of my Applewild teachers had an influence on my life and career path, like pieces of a mosaic.
After many years spent in Massachusetts, Maine, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, I have returned to Florida, where I enjoy sun and fun with my husband and two dogs. I think often of my time at Applewild, and I’m grateful for the dedicated teachers and strong foundation I received. I would not be who am I today without them.
Posted: October 21, 2014