Kate Bolduan

Kate Bolduan (July 1, 2013)

Not unlike many American teenagers, Kate Bolduan wasn't quite sure which life path she'd travel when she stepped onto the campus of The George Washington University.

"I was a typical college student going in," Bolduan, the daughter of Jeff and Nadine Bolduan, of Goshen, said. "I didn't really know what I was going to do. At one point, I was going to go into musical theater."

During a heart-to-heart with her dad, he gently suggested she consider a more practical career.

"I decided to study journalism," she said with a laugh.

It was advice well-heeded for the Goshen native. In the eight years since her college graduation, Bolduan has rocketed through the broadcast journalism ranks. On June 17, she debuted alongside Chris Cuomo as co-host of CNN's new morning show, "New Day."

"It has definitely evolved," Bolduan said of her interest in broadcasting. "I was always interested in current events."

That interest first manifested itself during her Goshen High School days. She took a writing class, got involved in the school newspaper.

It wasn't until she set foot on campus in D.C., however, that she really got bit by the journalism bug.

"I was in a meeting with my first academic adviser and I told him, 'I have no idea what I want to do,'" Bolduan said in a phone interview. "He said I should try broadcasting."

She starting developing her news chops with an internship during college at a local Washington, D.C., station. After graduation, she landed a paid internship with NBC News and MSNBC, also in D.C.

While the post-graduation internship didn't put her in front of the camera -- and had her running errands and fetching food for veterans like the late Tim Russert -- it did allow her to observe their process, Bolduan said.

"Journalism students ask me all the time, 'What is the key to success,'" she said. "The key to success is blazing your own trail. No two paths are the same."

Without a single minute of air time, Bolduan sought to break into local news in front of the camera. A station in Raleigh, N.C., took a chance.

"It was equal part opportunity of a lifetime and what am I doing," Bolduan said. "I didn't have any experience but they took a chance on me anyway."

It took just over a year before she was hired by CNN Newsource as a national correspondent providing breaking news coverage and feature reports for more than 800 affiliates.

"I describe CNN Newsource as boot camp for correspondents," she said with a chuckle. "You learn how to do live television and get to the point."

Her first day on the job she covered the interstate bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Along the way she covered a presidential election, the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case as well as launches and landings for NASA's retiring space shuttle fleet.

When the call came to join the parent network CNN, Bolduan was ready.

"I wouldn't describe it as nerve-wracking. It was a huge opportunity," she said. "The way I approached it was just to put my nose down and get to work. I don't take myself too seriously."

Before landing her newest gig, Bolduan spent time as a congressional correspondent and a general assignment correspondent before her most recent role as co-host of "The Situation Room" alongside veteran newsman Wolf Blitzer.