NCRA members lead exciting and exceptional professional careers. From transcribing and preserving the official record in high-profile cases in the courtroom and important meetings in the boardroom, to captioning on-site at live venues such as theater and sporting events, each day presents a different adventure. See some of their stories below.
“My favorite thing about providing CART,” says Jeffrey Keyes, a CART captioner based in Susquehanna, Pa., “is the difference I make in people’s lives.” Keyes shares some of his favorite assignments and what he loves about the profession. “I wake up every day proud to know that I am going to make some difference in someone’s life. There are an awful lot of people who get up early for an awful lot less.”
As an official in Olathe, Kan., NCRA Secretary-Treasurer Cindy L. Isaacsen, RPR, spends much of her time taking down cases that are “emotionally exhausting.” But once a year she volunteers her time on National Adoption Day to capture the official proceeding of children who are being adopted out of foster care. “Seeing these kids being adopted into their forever family is the best thing that can happen at this courthouse,” she says.
Brad Benjamin, RPR, from Chicago, Ill., is a court reporter who landed a gig in Hollywood playing a court reporter on television. “Surprisingly,” Benjamin says, “in real life it is easier to keep up with what people are saying. I used to brag were I cast in a movie or a television show as a court reporter, I could write what the characters said perfectly. [But] It was more like practicing for a speed exam than taking down live testimony.”