20 things you don't know about me: Shannon Fromma – Times Union


When readers want to know where to find the best price on sporting goods, clothing or school supplies, they turn to Shannon Fromma.
When they want to know who is offering deals and promotions on holidays, they turn to Shannon Fromma.
And when they need guidance to start couponing – or how to step-up their already-strong coupon game – they turn to, you guessed it, Shannon Fromma.
Fromma is a life-long Capital Region resident who has worked at the Times Union for more than two decades. While she’s held numerous positions at the company, her current role is the highest profile.
Fromma pens Shopportunist, a frugal-living column and an award-winning blog.
As coordinator for engagement she helps conceive and host live journalism programs at the Hearst Media Center (when we’re not fighting a pandemic).
You can follow Fromma, who is today’s 20 things, on Facebook.
Shannon Fromma has worked at the Times Union for more than 20 years. Her Shopportunist column runs in the paper each Sunday. Check out her blog at https://blog.timesunion.com/savings/
1. I once worked out with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Before he was a megastar, The Rock was in town for a WWE event at the then-Pepsi Arena in Albany. We shared a shoulder machine at the Fitness Factory on Wolf Road in Colonie, a smile and a couple words. My son is still sore that I didn’t get an autograph.
2. My first post-college job was writing obituary articles for the Times Union. I did that for about a year before being promoted to a position in the newsroom. I never left, sort of.
3. I took a year-plus hiatus from the Times Union in the early-2000s to live in Colorado as a ski bum (and to also support my then-boyfriend-now-husband).
4. My husband is a two-time Winter Paralympian. Born without his right arm, his dream from an early age was to become a competitive alpine ski racer. He moved to Colorado, trained at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park and made the U.S.2Disabled Ski Team and competed in the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan and the 2002 games in Salt Lake City.


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