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What court reporter shortage? "We have a tape recorder."

“We have a court reporter on staff and we have a tape recorder.”

That was an Ohio municipal court administrator’s response to a question about recent reports of a nationwide court reporter shortage. (Star Beacon)

So, no worries then.

Sarah Nageotte, the chief court reporter for the U.S. District Court in Cleveland and a past president of the National Court Reporters Association, said, despite that tape recorder, there is some reason to worry since there are currently five to seven openings for court reporters in Ohio, which she says plays havoc with court schedules.

“The majority of the profession are at that retirement age,” she said. “With them leaving, we haven’t been getting the influx of the new reporters in.”

National attention for Court Reporting and Captioning Week
That was one of several stories in the media about court reporters that were generated during NCRA’s National Court Reporting and Captioning Week. If you ever wondered what the benefits of the week are, it’s clear one of them is increased national attention to the profession.

Others include:

“Salute to court reporters -- the silent witnesses to history,” about court reporters in South Dakota’s 7th Judicial Circuit court. (Rapid City Journal)

“Court reporters serve vital role in judicial system” profiles the newly elected president of the Alabama Court Reporters Association. (Dothan Eagle)

“Guardian of Records” tells the story of a later-in-life court reporter for the 11th Judicial District Court in Nebraska. (Lexington Clipper-Herald)

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Pennsylvania, Ohio court reporters elected to National Court Reporters Association positions

Sarah Nageotte of Jefferson, Ohio has been elected vice president of the National Court Reporters Association and Nativa (Tiva) Wood or Mechanicsville, Pa., has been elected to the NCRA Board of Directors, according to a PRNewswire release.

Huseby, Inc., a supporter of the NCRA's Ethics First program, congratulates both women and looks forward to their service.

Nageotte, an official court reporter for the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Ohio, has been deeply involved with the training of real-time court reporters.

Wood has worked as an official court reporter and a manager for the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, working with court administrators and judges.

Nageotte has been an official court reporter for nearly 15 years, previously worked for Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court in Ohio and for the Crawford County Common Pleas Court in Pennsylvania. She has testified on behalf of court reporters to the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. She has volunteered for many committees for NCRA and for the Ohio Court Reporters Association. She is also a member of the United States Court Reporters Association. Sarah has made presentations to the county bar association, the Ohio Judicial Conference, and numerous community groups, as well as during NCRA, OCRA, and additional court reporter association conventions.

Nageotte is a graduate of Geneva High School in Geneva, Ohio. She and her husband, Ron, have a daughter, Taylor, who is a student at Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pa.

Wood has been an official reporter with the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas in Harrisburg, Pa., for 35 years; for the last 10 years, she has worked as its chief reporter. She has been involved with the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association since 1983 and was president from 1990 to 1992. Wood has also been the chair of National Court Reporters Foundation, Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters, and the Committee on Professional Ethics. Most recently, she served on NCRA's Steno Opportunities in the Courts Task Force.

The National Court Reporters Association is internationally recognized as the premier educational and informational resource for its 18,000 members and the public. The association promotes excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text and is committed to supporting every member in achieving the highest level of professional expertise. NCRA's certification programs provide members opportunities for success and recognition.

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Media across United States paying special attention to court reporting during National Court Reporting and Captioning Week.

Air Conditioning Appreciation Week. International Talk Like a Pirate Day. No Shave November. National Pull Your Sofa off the Wall Month.

If you’ve ever wondered what the purpose is of designating a day, week or month for something, look no further than National Court Reporting and Captioning Week.

The number of stories about court reporting has exploded this week, bringing nationwide attention to the work of stenographers and the benefits of the profession.

Corpus Christi, Texas

A court reporting professor lists the many benefits of becoming a stenographer, saying, “As soon as (the students) get certified, they have a job the next day.” Read more.

Princeton, Illinois

A 30-year court reporting veteran tells the local newspaper about how she ended up as a stenographer and the rewards of her career. Read more.

Grand Island, Nebraska

Two court reporters employed by the Nebraska judicial system tell the paper court reporting requires “an intricate blend of skill and knowledge.” Read more.

Other issues

In addition, The Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed piece that said changes in court reporting in California are “depriving families and children of the records they need to appeal any miscarriage of justice.” Read more.

The retirement of court reporters in Illinois are slowing the judicial system, and local and National Court Reporting Association officials tell the Galesburg newspaper about the benefits of court reporting and how to become a court reporter. Read more.

What are your court reporting stories? During National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, what do you say are the great things about the profession? Let us know.

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