CES 8th grader Alison Davis interviews 49ers on TV


LESLIE DAVIS | with permission

Elizabeth Burkett

In between the fall activities like sports, homework and applying to high schools, CES eighth grader Alison Davis manages to squeeze in a quick interview with 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.

“49ers Total Access for Kids,” a new show on KTVU and cable CSN Bay Area, features kids interviewing players and fans to foster the next generation of 49er Faithful.

“I was approached with the idea when my dad, a season ticket holder, got an invitation for teens 12 to 16 to be hosts for the show,” Davis said.

Davis said she was excited when she learned she had made the cut to be host on the show. Already a veteran of school plays Davis says she calls on her acting experience to memorize her scripts for the show.

“I have to make specific time for everything so I don’t get distracted. I have learned that if I sit down and concentrate for a couple hours it pays out,” Davis said.

Davis said she find it “weird” to see her face when she is flipping through the channels on television.

LESLIE DAVIS | with permission
LESLIE DAVIS | with permission

“The video takes are shot beforehand and there are multiple takes, so I never know what’s going to make it on the screen, and what will be cut, and if that funny face or silly joke will be put in.”

Davis says she has become chums with the players and feels comfortable to ask questions and joke around with them. Her face lights up with excitement when asked about interviewing the players.

“I love interviewing the players — they are really funny and love to joke around, but they also take me seriously as a reporter even though I am less than half their size,” Davis laughs.

Davis says being on the show allows for experiences out of the ordinary and unusual to a normal eighth grader and may have opened up a career path.

“This has been an amazing opportunity and taught me to not be afraid to be myself, Davis said. “[It has] heightened my self-confidence and thinking on my feet. I would really like to be a sports reporter when I grow up. I may want to do something in high school if for some reason the show does not continue.”

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