Career Expo: Switching Her College Major Landed Her in Court! Meet Official Court Reporter Kayde Rieken


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Show Summary:

State Services for the Blind hosted a Career Expo for high school and college students who are blind, low vision, or DeafBlind.

The event took place on Saturday, April 27.

Throughout the Expo students had the opportunity to:

  • Connect with adults with a vision loss from a variety of professions and careers.
  • Hear from college representatives about what college is like.
  • Learn why diversity matters from an employer’s point of view.
  • Share and learn about assistive technology
  • Sign up for individual informational and/or mock interviews.

In this interview, Jeff Thompson caught up with Kayde Rieken:

Kayde Rieken

Official Court Reporter, Hennepin County District Court

Kayde’s job is to keep the record in the courtroom. This basically means she write down every word that's said, and she also gets to politely scold people for talking too softly or too quickly. She has to be able to write fast and not get tripped up by long words. She gets to meet interesting people and work with cool technology every day. Also, she’s always learning new things because of the variety of court cases she covers.

If you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361. To find your State Services in your State you can go to and search the directory for your agency.


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