Ms. Schaefer grew up in Richmond, Indiana and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University in 2007. She began her career as a local news reporter in Fargo, North Dakota, and spent several years reporting on local government and the historic flood of 2009. In 2010, she transitioned out of local news to work in the capacity of media relations for the City of West Fargo Public Works Department. For the past nearly eight years, she worked at the ABC/FOX station in Dayton where she served in multiple roles. She joined the Xenia team in September 2019.