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Effingham Native Finds Fulfilling Career as Stenographer

When the Cubs and Indians took the field for Game 5 of the 2016 World Series, Effingham native Kathryn Thomas was in front of her stenotype machine, transcribing what the Wrigley Field announcer said so any deaf or hard-of-hearing attendees could better understand what was happening. For the 44-year-old stenographer who grew up a Cubs fan, it was a rare opportunity. “It was exciting to be a part of history,” she said. “Of course, I rooted for the Cubs. ”Thomas, who now lives in Caseyville, has provided captioning for sports stadiums, television, webcasts, deaf students, and courts during her 20 years in stenography. She’s captioned for former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act, when he spoke in St. Louis. “In his speech, he thanked the hosts for providing captioning,” Thomas.....MORE

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