Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: I went to Warren Central High School. We had a radio station. I signed up for the class and was hooked. I have been involved in radio and television ever since.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was a radio news reporter position in Valparaiso, Indiana at WAKE/WLJE.
Q: What is on your DVR?
A: Dancing with the Stars.
Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: Hanging out with my husband and kids
Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A: Fogo De Chao
Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: Talking to family and friends of someone who lost their life during a crime, accident or due to an illness.
Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: I have several. It's tough to choose. Everything from presidential visits, to the ice storm, to tornadoes, like the one in Henryville.
Q: Favorite book, movie?
A: Favorite book: The Prayer of Jabez, Favorite movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Q: What's on your iPod?
A: Tim McGraw music
Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
A: It is hard for me to wake up in the morning, despite the fact that I've been a morning reporter for 13 years! LOL!
Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: Don't put off having kids until it is too late. I got that advice from an anchor I worked with at another station when I was in my early 20s. I became a mom in my early 30s.
Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: Destin, Florida and the Carolinas.
Q: What is your proudest career moment?
A: I helped Kentucky State Police solve a murder case.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: 1 cat
Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: …at my other fulltime job… at home being a mom.
Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: When people are not nice to others.
Q: What advice would you give someone to get into the business?
A: Get a college degree and complete as many internships as possible.
Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: Riley Children's Hospital, St. Jude Children's Hospital and Be The Match
Q: When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?
A: In 2013 -- it was yoga and I really like it.
Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: my phone
Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: Spending a week with my grandparents every summer.
Q: What is the hardest thing you ever had to do?
A: Send my kids to the first day of pre/school & Kindergarten.
Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: In college, I also considered studying teaching or nursing.
Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: Go on vacation with my family
Q: If you could witness any event, past or present, what would it be?
A: I would have loved to have seen the Beatles live in concert.
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Being a mom.
RTV6 reporter Julie Pursley has returned to her roots.
"This is home to me, and I'm glad to be back here," the Indianapolis native said after joining RTV6 in May 2001.
Pursley is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Indiana University. She previously worked at WHAS-TV in Louisville, Ky.
Pursley likes to describe her career as journeys across Indiana and Kentucky. She also worked for stations in Valparaiso, South Bend, and Fort Wayne, Ind., as well as an ABC affiliate in Bowling Green, Ky. While working for the ABC affiliate in Bowling Green, her investigative reporting helped police solve a murder case.
Pursley graduated in 1991 from Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunications and has worked in TV and radio ever since. She is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
"My favorite part about my job is meeting different people every day and trying to give viewers news they can use to help solve problems or educate themselves," she said.
Pursley enjoys being a part of the "Good Morning Indiana" team. She is amused by all of the people who frequently stop her to ask if she minds standing out in the heat, rain or snow during the early morning hours.
"Whether it has to do with today's weather conditions or breaking news, I feel it is important to make sure people are informed before they hit the door at the beginning of each new day," she adds.
Pursley lives with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, swimming, water skiing, snow skiing and traveling.