Sept. 5, 2006
Playing tennis at the University of Tennessee and being a student-athlete prepared Candy Reid more than she ever thought for her career in broadcasting.
"Being at UT really changed my life. When I first arrived I was unorganized and forgetful, but being a student-athlete requires exceptional time-management and I learned that pretty quickly," Reid said.
Now a sports anchor for CNN International, she has interviewed many notable stars. Of course her two most memorable interviews were with tennis players Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick.
"My first interview just so happened to be with Andre Agassi, my idol! I remember exactly where I was when Agassi won Wimbledon in '92," Reid said. "Another favorite is playing tennis with Andy Roddick just after he won the US Open. We ran the piece on our show 'World Sport.'"
Broadcasting sparked Reid's interest when she was in Tashkent, Uzbekistan for a tennis tournament, just prior to attending UT.
"I was watching TV and the only channel in English was CNN. I watched it whenever I was in my hotel room and I remember thinking that if I didn't make it as a tennis player I would like to work for CNN," Reid said.
Reid wanted to work in the International News department while she attended UT and writing for The Daily Beacon. She however got an internship in International Sports with CNN after she graduated, in 2000, summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from UT.
"It worked out perfect. It's the perfect job. I get to talk about sports, my favorite subject, and watch sports at work. What could be better," Reid said.
After her internship, CNN hired Reid as a production assistant, and a year later promoted her to associate producer. In 2002 just two years after being with CNN Reid was on-air with CNN as an anchor/reporter for "World Sport."
Reid still tries to play tennis but with her busy schedule at CNN and a shoulder that can't play as much, she only plays once a week. Reid is grateful for her time at Tennessee and her experience as a Lady Vol tennis player.
"I had the best coaches, Mike and Sonia Patrick, who are still in charge, and many great teammates all four years, many of whom I am still in contact with," Reid said. "Plus our facility was top-notch."
During her days with UT, Reid made the All-SEC First Team and Academic All-SEC. She was also part of the 2000 CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-District IV Team.
Reid now lives in Atlanta with her husband and four cats.