First place - BEA; 9th and 10th places - Hearst Awards
Growing up in a military family, I've been no stranger to monumental changes in my life. Every couple of years, it seemed as though we were packing up the house and jumping to another part of the East Coast while my father was rounding out his 25 years of service in the Air Force. What always remained consistent, though, was my admiration for local and network news, and how well those journalists could wrangle a compelling story together, no matter how boring it may have seemed on the surface.
After my dad's retirement from the Air Force, he became a captain for United Airlines, and my family made its last move to Charleston, SC. There, I found that where I had followed my family is also where I followed my before-undiscovered passion for broadcast journalism. The moment I set foot in my high school newsroom is the moment where, unknowingly, I had set forth on a now seven-year journey to improve my craft as a reporter, anchor and producer.
In my collegiate years, I have tirelessly worked to elevate both my skills and interest in the field, working a gamut of roles for both Student Gamecock Television and WUSC News, the student-led TV and radio networks of Garnet Media Group. After completing a myriad of TV and radio stories, constructing SGTV's first live nightly newscast, and heading all of the organization's programming, I then was privileged to amass numerous first and second place awards through Associated College Press, College Broadcasters, Inc., and the College Media Association, recognizing my work in student journalism on the national level.
This then led me to pursue production internships with Seacrest Studios in Charlotte and South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, before additionally taking a part-time job as a newscast producer with WLTX, the CBS affiliate of the Midlands.
Following a year and a half with WLTX and a completed semester of Carolina News, I am now thrilled to say that I will be headed to Jacksonville after graduating to work as a news producer at Action News Jax, the CBS/FOX affiliate of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. From there, I plan to focus my efforts on enhancing my skills as a producer, working to better my production talents as much as I can within the three years I'm there, and then continue following future opportunities along my path to pursue a (hopefully) long career in TV news.