Describe the moment when you decided you wanted to live your life as a journalist.
During my freshman year in college I took a journalism class and loved it. My first article was about a dorm fire and my second was about a presidential trip to South America. I was hooked!
Name one thing you absolutely cannot live without:
Without a doubt, cheese. Fancy cheese is nice, but my favorite is from Wisconsin. Ever hear of cheese curds? They're great and you definitely can't find them in New York City!
Who has had the greatest influence on your life?
My parents. My father taught me about the importance of hard work and sticking with a project. My mother taught me to believe in myself. Thanks Mom and Dad — those were good lessons!
Where did you grow up?
Rockford, Illinois — a mid-sized town 90 miles northwest of Chicago. Most of my family is in Illinois and Wisconsin. It's my favorite weekend getaway from New York!
Who is your favorite author and/or book?
I love reading biographies, particularly Katherine Graham's. "The Endurance" about Sir Ernest Shackleton's journey across Antarctica is an incredible story of courage, true grit and leadership.
What was your first car?
It was a big, white Oldsmobile station wagon. I called it "The Mighty Wagon."
What is your favorite movie of all time?
I'll admit it, I'm a huge fan of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. My all-time favorite is "The Sound of Music," but I'll see just about any movie that stars Adam Sandler or John Candy.
What is one thing viewers would never guess about you?
I own a karaoke machine despite the fact that I have a terrible voice. I also own a crockpot, which gets used a lot in the winter thanks to my Midwestern roots.
What is your most memorable moment or interview while working for FNC?
I'll never forget interviewing people whose relatives died on 9/11. Two days after the attacks, a family center was established in New York City to serve as a clearinghouse for information about missing relatives. I was sent there to give hourly news updates. When I arrived, families desperate for information approached me, hoping I might know where their husband or wife was. I still remember looking into their eyes — they were filled with so much sadness and desperation. It was heartbreaking to talk with them because many believed that their family member was alive somewhere. To this day, I look at those interviews and cry remembering the overwhelming sadness.
Heather Nauert is a New York-based correspondent for FNC whose in-depth reports are featured on "The Big Story,"airing weekdays at 5 pm ET. She has a master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University.