It wasn’t Kirkpatrick’s intention to land in broadcast news. She graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Ill. She was going to be a print reporter, but a professor pointed her toward radio. On a dare, she wound up at a private broadcasting school, then moved through different markets as a TV reporter. Eventually as an anchor, Kirkpatrick served along with Heidi Foglesong at Channel 3 in the early ’90s, when the two served as co-anchors. Later, she flew solo, anchoring the station’s two-hour 4:30 p.m. newscast. Kirkpatrick worked at Channel 12 for six years before moving over to Channel 3, where she became one of the station’s flagship performers, serving 22 years, until 2013. Among other honors, she was named best TV Newscaster in 2007 by the New Times and was inducted into the Arizona Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2011.