Hull’s Ana Bottary taking her best shot as a broadcaster
Ana Bottary likes scoring, and setting goals.
In a prolific lacrosse career at Curry College, she netted 203 goals. And as a freshman on the Milton campus, Bottary focused on her career goal: becoming a television news reporter.
And shortly after her college graduation in 2013, she was hired as a reporter for the Fox affiliate in Presque Isle, Maine, WAGM-TV. Bottary moved on to Worcester News Tonight in March 2014 before joining the news team at ABC-6 in Providence last June.
“I would say I definitely wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t play sports,” said Bottary.
The 25-year-old Bottary played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at Hull High before graduating in 2009. She recalled a triple-overtime basketball thriller against Abington as a career highlight. “I can’t even remember who won, but I think we did,” she said. “It was exhausting. But nobody gave up. That was the best part.”
Bottary playeed basketball and lacrosse her first two years at Curry before concentrating solely on lacrosse her junior year.
As a freshman, she produced 27 goals and 11 assists before connecting for 55 goals and 14 assists her sophomore season. Her final two seasons, Bottary was near the top of the Commonwealth Coast Conference in both goals and points, scoring 53 goals with 36 assists as a junior, and upping her totals to 68 and 55 assists for 123 points as a senior captain.
A second team all-conference selection her final season, she finished with 319 career points.
Bottary is a multi-media journalist: she will shoot video, report, and write and edit her copy — often setting up the camera when she arrives at an assignment. She recently worked on team coverage for the funeral of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci, files human interest stories, and has reported from Gillette Stadium for fan reaction pieces at Patriots games.
“Every day is different and it’s exciting,” said Bottary, who runs every day.
“I’m not a desk job person, and I like to be active which is why I loved sports so much. It always kept me occupied and this job is similar so it’s exciting. I love doing sports stories and anything at Gillette. I like telling people’s stories.”