The "A" Team of Realtime Captioning
Andrea Couch, CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC
Andrea discovered her passion for court reporting at the age of 16 and now has more than 15 years’ experience as a freelance court reporter, closed captioner, and CART provider. She spent five years working as a broadcast captioner for the nation’s largest captioning company, VITAC, and captioned a wide variety of programming on a daily basis, including CNN, CNBC, ABC, a variety of major sporting events, as well as captioning the Olympic games twice on NBC and its affiliate networks.
In 2013, Andrea won the Pacific Northwest Speed Contest. With speeds up to 270 words per minute, she placed first in all three legs with an overall score of 98.8% accuracy. Andrea also competed in the Pacific Northwest Realtime Contests in 2014 and 2015 and won three silver medals with an overall average of 98.75% accuracy. In August of 2017, Andrea competed in the National Court Reporters Association Realtime Contest held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and placed sixth overall.
In 2014, Andrea earned her Registered Diplomate Reporter certification, a designation held by only four reporters in the state of Idaho. She also currently holds certifications as a Registered Professional Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter, Certified Realtime Reporter, and Certified Realtime Captioner, as well as being a Certified Shorthand Reporter in the state of Idaho.
Andrea is the owner of Associated Reporting & Video, a freelance court reporting agency in Boise, Idaho. She is a full-time freelance court reporter and also provides CART and captioning services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Boise and the surrounding area. She is also the current president of the Idaho Court Reporters Association and has been an active member of the National Court Reporters Association for more than 15 years.
Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CRC, CRI
Since 1992, Anissa has pursued her passion for captioning. Anissa discovered stenography when she was just 14 years old after spending a career day with a reporter in a courthouse. Determined to sidestep producing transcripts, within nine months after graduating from court reporting school, she began broadcast captioning for TV.
Anissa's extensive 25 years of experience with broadcast captioning, on-site captioning and off-site captioning make her the perfect partner for all of your captioning needs. Anissa has captioned local newscasts for cities in all major news markets, quarterly financial reports for Fortune 500 Companies, sporting events (NBA basketball games, MLB baseball games, NHL hockey games, NFL football games, and college football games), state legislature sessions, and on-site stadium event captioning.
In 2000, Anissa founded Dictionary Jumpstart, a realtime dictionary-building software that has helped thousands of reporters improve their dictionaries and allowed them to explore other areas of reporting, including captioning. As an author, Anissa has also published articles as well as books including Drug Speller, Simple Syllables, Simpler Syllables, and A Jump Back in Time: People, Places and Events in History.
Anissa is a past President of MAPCR (Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters) and has been a member of the National Court Reporters Association for 25 years. She has presented seminars on realtime, captioning, dictionary building, and Dictionary Jumpstart to state and national associations, workshops, and schools across the country.
In 2013, Anissa began teaching Caption Masters, a program designed to transition working reporters into new careers as broadcast captioners. She also works with reporters one-on-one to improve their realtime skills through LearnToCaption.com.
In July of 2017, Anissa competed in the Speech Capturing competition at the 51st Intersteno in Berlin, Germany, and placed fifth overall.