September 2018

Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Mandy Matney

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Mandy Matney
Age: 28
Occupation: Breaking News Editor at the Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette
Hometown: Shawnee, Kansas

First thing you do every morning?
Scroll through the news and make sure I didn’t miss anything big from the night before. Then order Starbucks, usually.

What is something unusual about you?
I wrote a dating column in college called “Texts in the City.” It was ridiculous.

Who in your life do you trust the most?
My mom, or my high school friends Heidi and Chelsea, who have basically become sisters.

What are you afraid of?
I’m afraid of basically everything. My dad raised me to be a scaredy cat, and man, did he succeed. I’m constantly thinking worst case scenario all the time.

What motivates you?
I was blessed (not really) with a brain that never quits. So basically, my anxiety motivates me.

If you could switch places with anyone for a day who would it be?
A Great White Shark! I love sharks. Or my friend Capt. Chip Michalove who spends his days catching and tagging sharks for science. So cool!

If you could leave right now, where would you go?
Probably home to Kansas City. Or to Australia!

Where is your favorite spot in Hilton Head or Bluffton?
Tower Beach, but shhh! Don’t tell the tourists!

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?
Every year, my high school friends and our parents get together the morning of Thanksgiving and have the Turkey Bowl, where the more athletic people in our friend group play a huge game of flag football, and people like me eat donuts and drink mimosas. It’s the best.

Would money buy you happiness?
Not really, but it can buy a boat (like the country song says). And I love boats.

What are two of your strengths?
I’m good at thinking on my feet in crisis situations (which I think is why I’m breaking news editor) and laughing/ staying calm when things are really falling apart (you have to learn how to do that in the news business).

Person you most look up to.
Liz Farrell, who is my role model at the Packet. Her writing is hilarious, sharp and always interesting. She has a huge following in the local community and has the respect of the most important people. She’s also always pushing reporters to be better while handling a million other things.

ow do you spend your free time?
I’m very active, so I’m constantly running or biking around the island. I’ve been getting into photography recently, so I do a lot of that. On the flip side, I also spend way too much time watching true crime documentaries on Netflix. I’m one extreme or the other.

Are you spiritual or religious?
If so, how? I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school through the eighth grade. I definitely feel most spiritual when I’m by the ocean, though.

Do you have a pet? If so, what kind and name?
No, but I’m looking for a puppy to adopt. Please help me!

Cat or Dog? Dog
Heels or Flats? Heels
Cook or Eat Out? Cook

What is your drink of choice?
Vodka water lemon. I don’t mess around.

Give us three words your friends might use to describe you?
Ambitious, Adventurous, Ginger

What would you say your greatest accomplishment thus far is?
Tracking down Dick Van Dyke for a story I was doing on his childhood home when I worked in Illinois, begging him to do an interview with me, and then actually succeeding at that interview. I ended up getting an award for the story, but nothing was as good as getting a legend like Dick Van Dyke to agree to an interview.

Would you say you are a leader or a follower?
Leader. I think my job speaks for that.

There is a mandatory evacuation for the Lowcountry- what do you not leave home without?
External phone cell phone battery charger, because I’ll be directing reporters to cover the island (yay for experience, I’ve already done this twice). Also, a photo of my brother who died when I was 7. And my Kansas basketball jersey that I wore when we won the championship in 2008.

Favorite local bar or restaurant.
Hudson’s. Best seafood on the island and the Carmines do a lot for the community. Also, the best happy hour!

Charity you would like to play for:
Hilton Head Heroes

Why does this charity mean so much to you?
I started volunteering with them this year. Since I lost my brother when he was 9, I have a special place in my heart for families who have sick children. I think it’s amazing they are giving these families the most important gift of memories with their little ones.


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