The Worker Behind the Words

By: Nick LaFave
By: Nick LaFave

The average person speaks at 180 words per minute. Andrea Kleiver can caption up to 230 words per minute with more than 99-percent accuracy.

She started out studying to be a courtroom reporter. Then she got into working with the deaf and found broadcast captioning, which she's been doing for more than four years.

She's worked for national and local news networks captioning for events like 9-11 and the recent hurricanes. Now, she's captioning the first presidential debate of the 2004 race.

Andrea says it's a great job that lets her stay at home with her two young children. She also says it's a job she genuinely loves because she's able to reach and help people all over and help those receive their news and information when they may otherwise not.


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