Hilary Golston, 30
Multimedia journalist & reporter, WKYC
How she caught our eye: Since arriving from the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, last spring, the Detroit native has us impressed with her combination of energy, enthusiasm and professionalism.
Hidden talent: I played Suzuki piano for eight years. I did some recitals, but it was mostly just for [my] own enrichment.
Biggest fear: Not being a contributor to the community. You want to make sure that your life has meaning.
My bad habit: I can kind of get stuck on one point, really kind of obsessed with something.
My guilty pleasure: Brie. It's really creamy and high in calories, but it's a really awesome cheese. It pairs well with lots of fruits — apple slices are just as good as grapes. It's just so satisfying.
You'd never guess: I danced in a dance company. Dance is another activity [my sister and I] got signed up for and did. So I danced from about the time I was 5 until I was a senior. And then I did two years of ballet in college.
I can't live without: Water. Probably coffee too. It's another flavor thing. I just love the way it tastes. I love the way it makes you feel. It can be hot or cold.
My hero: I really don't have one.
On my bucket list: Swim with the blue whales. They're just these really massive creatures, and they dwarf you by comparison. There's just something really fascinating and exhilarating about the idea of being in their presence.
Biggest accomplishment: I quit regular pop. Now I don't drink it. I always drink diet.
When I'm not working: I come back to Michigan a lot. My family is here, and my closest friends are here.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Usually with a friend, maybe just relaxing or enjoying a good dinner or cooking — you know, we cook together — or eating. Or maybe reading a book, perhaps. ... I like restaurants, but it's not like I'm going to a place a lot. Any place that has oysters, I'm a huge fan. I love oysters, especially if they're reasonably priced.
If I had one wish: I would really be a 100 percent in control of my own destiny, really be able to determine my course.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: I swam in the Great Barrier Reef. It was cool. I was in the sixth grade. It was just the enormity of the whole thing. I mean, it was just so huge.
If I won the Mega Millions, I'd spend it on: I would buy my mom something new, like maybe a new car. Or I'd just give her a lot of money. She's really been such a great parent. She's been a very, very, very good mom, so why not?
My No. 1 dating rule: No kissing on the first three dates. It's just something arbitrary, something I came up with a long time ago. But I think it gives you a better understanding of someone's intentions.
Deal-breakers: Anyone who won't compromise or is mean-spirited.
The perfect date: I don't believe in perfection. Nobody can be perfect — we're human. Instead of looking for perfection, I think you look for connection.
I'm a sucker for: Intellect and good conversation, a good debate.
Most romantic thing I've ever done: I cooked a five-course dinner for a guy I was seeing when I was in Birmingham.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who would make a good partner and a good parent. I think those things are important. People who are honest with themselves and with others, people who are kind, people who have empathy, people who have goals but are still flexible. Someone who is intellectually curious, not just educated but also has a desire to explore and understand and get curious about the world.
I always, sometimes or never make the first move: Never. I'm very traditional in some ways.
Would you like to be famous?: I wouldn't want to be famous for fame's sake. I'd want to be famous because I'm doing something important — hopefully a job.
Do you rehearse what you're going to say before making a phone call?: Never. You're putting yourself in a bad situation. If you need to rehearse to call someone, it's probably not right to begin with.
Last time I sang to myself: Probably last night. Last time I sang to someone else: Probably sometime this week, [to] one of my very good friends here in Michigan.
If I could gain one quality or ability, it would be: It probably goes back to the wish [to control of my own destiny]. I think it's kind of the same thing, to be like, OK, I'm going to do everything, and it's all going to work out today. I'm going to accomplish this thing today, and it's going to happen!
I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... : Good dialogue. Good discussion. Good debate.
Celebrity dream date: Troy Polamalu. I know he's married. I'm not going to try to date him. But I just think his hair is fantastic!
Celebrity look-alike: I don't really see it, but I would say what I hear most is Kimora Lee Simmons. Gabrielle Union, I get. And in college, I used to get Queen Latifah.
Dogs or cats: Definitively neither. I'm not a pet person.
Beach or mountains: Beach for sure. I like the ocean. I like water. I like the noise. I really enjoy swimming now, even — it's the wintertime, but I'm still swimming [indoors].
Signature dish: I'm a big broiler. I broil all meats, pretty much. It's fast, easy and you don't get the fat from using other modes of cooking.
How I stay healthy: I do swim. And I really try to pay attention to what I'm putting in my body. I always try to have fruits and vegetables every day. I try to keep food as simple as possible as much as possible.
My favorite ... book: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, a biography of her life [by Amanda Foreman]. For a while this past year, I got really obsessed with aristocratic European women, mostly 18th-century aristocratic European women. ... TV show: Walking Dead. I just like things that are kind of dark and a little morbid. I like sci-fi stuff. I'm not really a chick-flick fan. ... movie: There Will Be Blood. There's nothing cookie-cutter or forgiving about it. It is what it is, and it doesn't apologize for what it is, which I appreciate. ... music: I like everything. I'm a really big fan of Rachmaninoff. But I also like Young Jeezy. ... restaurant: La Tomate. It's on Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. It introduced me to frutta mista. And I went on a long hunt for a recipe for that dish. They have my favorite dessert! ... app: My Fitness Pal. It helps you track everything. You don't have to look for calories and stuff.
What I'm reading: Katie: The Real Story by Edward Klein. I feel bad even saying that. It was just a fun read. I downloaded it, and I was reading it on my phone on the plane.
IPod embarrassment: I don't own an iPod.
I'm so over: I'm over Apple. I think that their products are not what they say.
Dream job: A job that makes me happy and I'm enjoying my colleagues. Dream vacation: Going to Maui and just vegging out on the beach. Or going to France and getting the chance to see [original works by sculptors Camille] Claudel and [Auguste] Rodin.
My take on Cleveland's single scene: I don't have one.
Are you on tinder?: No. I have no idea what that is.
Best thing about being single: You have a lot of freedom. I think dating can be really fun — I enjoy dating.
Worst thing about being single: In a relationship, you can really get to know someone. You can perhaps build a future with someone, maybe build a family.
Best date I've been on: A museum date, actually. We met at the Detroit Institute of Art, and we kind of browsed around. And after that, we went for sushi near the DIA. That was a really good date.
Worst date I've been on: One coffee date I had. We got coffee, and the conversation wasn't very good.
Do you hope to settle down in the next five years?: I have no idea.