Fast fingers, few prospects: Courts across Illinois seek more stenographers

On June 23, the Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill., posted an article about the need for more court reporters within the state. NCRA members quoted in the article include: Kathryn Thomas, RDR, CRR, CRC, a captioner from Caseyville; Melissa Clagg, RDR, CRR, CRC, an official court reporter from Urbana; and Dana Byers, RPR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Decatur.

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New captioning company in Idaho

NCRA members Andrea Couch, RDR, CRR, CRC, and Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CRC, CRI, are the owners of a new captioning company, IdaCaption, located in Boise, Idaho.  IdaCaption provides on-site and off-site CART and broadcast captioning services.

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Broward County wrestles with court reporter shortage

NCRA Director Max Curry, RPR, CRI, a freelance court reporter from Franklin, Tenn., was quoted in an article about the shortage of court reporters in Broward County, Fla., and the critical need for the human component in capturing the official record. Curry addresses the issue of the national shortage of court reporters and captioners.

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On any given Sunday: Volunteer live-captioning on Sunday service

The Sun Sentinel aired a story on its website on June 6 that features NCRA member Ninette Bulter, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelance court reporter from Orlando, Fla., talking about volunteering to live-caption Sunday church services.

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NCRA member interviewed by News-Gazette

On June 6, the News-Gazette, Champaign, Ill., posted an interview with NCRA member Melissa Clagg, RDR, CRR, CRC, supervisor for Champaign County’s court reporters, about her mission to promote the profession.

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NCRA member to discuss the Torah and American law at upcoming luncheon

The Reporter Group posted an article on May 31 announcing that NCRA member Aaron Alweis, RPR, CRR, CRC, an official court reporter from Binghamton, N.Y., will serve as a guest speaker at the June 9 Beth David luncheon program. Alweis will be joined by an attorney to discuss “The Torah and American Law: Perspectives on Capital Punishment.”

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Common Pleas chief court reporter assumes OCRA presidency

The Daily Legal News announced on May 31 that NCRA member Terri Sims, RDR, CRR, an official court reporter from Clinton, Ohio, has been named president of the Ohio Court Reporters Association.

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NCRA member joins local writers to share experiences and advice

NCRA member Kristie Dickinson, RPR, CRR, a freelance court reporter from Lansing, Mich., was featured in an article posted May 25 by the State News, about a recent panel of local authors who gathered to share with others their experiences and insights into writing and publishing.

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Call for Altruism Award nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism, the highest honor awarded by the National Court Reporters Foundation. The deadline for nominations is June 15.

The Aurelio Award, which is presented at the NCRA Convention & Expo, is bestowed on a longtime captioner or court reporter who has given back selflessly to the profession or community. The nominee must be an NCRA Participating or Registered member or a Retired Participating or Registered member, have demonstrated altruistic behavior, and have been a working captioner or reporter for at least 25 years.

“Receiving the Aurelio Award was truly one of the highlights of my career as a court reporter. Having the respect of my court reporter colleagues means more to me than anything,” said Rosalie Kramm, RPR, CRR, San Diego, Calif., who received the Altruism Award in 2017.

“Being altruistic is not anything I ever decided to do. I think life is more fun helping people in my wonderful profession,” Kramm added.

For questions or more information about the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism, contact B.J. Shorak, NCRF Deputy Executive Director, at 800-272-6272, ext. 126, or at

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Fast fingers: Demand for court reporters is high

The Brainerd Dispatch, Brainerd, Minn., posted an article on May 26 about the demand for court reporters that features interviews with several NCRA members about the profession.

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