STARTECH23 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
by Veritext Principal & STAR President, Andrea Wecker, CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC
On October 20, 2023, Andrea Wecker – CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC – STAR president, and principal at Veritext, gave the keynote address during STARTECH23: Technology and The Business of Court Reporting.
During the address, Andrea provided a fresh perspective on how professionals of all capture methods can come together with one voice to end divisiveness and collaborate with one another to expand and elevate all skill sets.
STAR is a membership organization for reporting industry professionals and students, providing agencies and practitioners with a forum to meet, network, collaborate and learn about the latest technologies and evolving business strategies.
Andrea Wecker | CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC
Veritext Principal – Idaho & STAR President
Andrea discovered her passion for court reporting at the age of 16 and now has more than 20 years’ experience as a freelance court reporter and captioner locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2015, Andrea became the owner of Associated Reporting & Video, a full-service litigation support firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho. In 2017, she founded IdaCaption, a CART and captioning company that serves the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Idaho and beyond. In 2022, Andrea and ARV joined Veritext Legal Solutions.
Along with being a full-time freelance reporter and agency owner, Andrea is a member of the elite team of reporters working in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reporting the 9/11 and USS Cole terrorist trials. She knew from the moment she set foot on base that this incredibly challenging work is what she was built to do and is truly honored to have been chosen to play such an integral part in documenting history.
Andrea currently serves as the President of STAR and is the chairman of the Certified Shorthand Reporters Board in Idaho. Andrea served as president of the Idaho Court Reporters Association from 2017 to 2019 and has been an active member of the National Court Reporters Association for over 20 years. She spends countless hours mentoring students and new reporters, as well as educating the legal community on the important role that court reporters play in our judicial system.
In her “spare” time, Andrea is an avid kickboxer (call it stress relief) and also enjoys competing in speed and real-time contests whenever she has the opportunity!