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Check Out Amy Forsythe’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Forsythe.

Hi Amy, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’m an award-winning multimedia journalist and military veteran with more than 25 years of experience in storytelling, public speaking, and multimedia content creation: TV anchor and host, global traveler and adventure enthusiast.

My content has been published on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Newsweek Magazine, Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Leatherneck Magazine, CENTCOM’s Unipath Magazine and many other news outlets. I joined the Marines to become a combat journalist in 1993. I’ve served five combat tours in the past 20 years and have covered military exercises and operations in many overseas locations.

I’m now settling down long enough to publish a book titled “Heroes Live Here: A Tribute to Marines and Camp Pendleton since 9/11.” I’m also doing more speaking engagements now that COVID restrictions are lifted. I also continue to serve as a Naval Officer in the Navy Reserve as a Public Affairs Officer. I’ve been on assignment in Guam, Sri Lanka, Poland, Romania, Germany, Italy, and many other places.

I love San Diego County and have returned here after traveling around the world, and I’m excited to share these stories of heroes who pass through this region for a short time but have an impact on our nation’s security.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
As a female in the military, there have been many ups and downs, but I was determined to be a successful Marine and military journalist or die trying. I joined the Marines because I wasn’t a very good student in high school and I didn’t didn’t have the means to go to college. However, I was always interested in the military and wanted to serve my country in a meaningful way.

I joined without any college credits but worked my way through school to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Cal State University at San Marcos and a Master’s Degree from the University of San Diego in 2009. I was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and 2008, so I had to start and stop classes in between semesters, which made the process more difficult.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I love creating images and videos for storytelling. I’ve had my photographs from Iraq and Afghanistan on display in many exhibits through the years. I used to produce and host my own TV show focused on lifestyle called “North County’s Endless Summer.” I loved shooting, writing and producing my own show because I highlight all the amazing things going on in my community.

I’m currently working on a book project that will encapsulate nearly 20 years of photos from my time in Iraq and Afghanistan that will also tell the story of local Marines from Camp Pendleton through the years. People might find my unique experience interesting and worth learning more about the history of Camp Pendleton and how a female Marine was able to succeed in such a harsh environment.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
During COVID, I discovered the power of podcasts and have come to love the variety of people I can learn from. I really love Tim Ferris, author of “Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.” I’m also listening to author Jess Ekstrom’s podcast called “Business on the Bright Side,” where she shares her business tips for better clarity and ways to streamline processes and build a business from scratch.

I’m learning more and more about the book publishing industry and would like to continue publishing more books in the coming years. Ultimately, I’d love to go back into the TV industry but only cover ‘good news stories that highlight entrepreneurs, creatives and fitness enthusiasts. I’m a huge fan of The Stoics teaching, and during COVID, I started learning more about the Stoic philosophies as a coping mechanism to block out exterior factors and focus on mental resiliency.

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Photo credit: Marcy Browe and Jake Rush

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