One of my mentors told me: "Journalism is not a career. It's a lifestyle."
I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2012, I graduated from Penn State University College of Communications, the largest nationally accredited mass communication program in the country.
I have a passion for traveling which developed after my educational voyages around different areas of the world, such as Ghana, Italy and Australia. From August to December of 2012, I studied at the University of Ghana, Legon. Throughout these five months I explored West Africa; traveling throughout Togo, Benin, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. While overseas, I shadowed a sports reporter at TV3 Ghana. My position encouraged questions and while at times frustrating, gave me the opportunity to compare newsroom operations overseas, to the United States. These lessons taught me to value interactions with those of various backgrounds and cultures.
Washington, D.C. is a diverse city surrounded by the politics of America. Before leaving for Ghana, I spent the summer of 2011 participating in the Penn State Washington Program. My internship as a production assistant at C-SPAN opened the doors to many opportunities. Conversations and advice from CEO Brian Lamb were not uncommon, trips to the Supreme Court and White House were not taken for granted and covering House and Senate proceedings were expected. My interactions with individuals from all over the world fostered my curiosity.
Spring of 2012, my skills were put to the test for my university's award-winning newscast: The Centre County Report. I gained hands-on experience as a multimedia journalist, with an emphasis on one-man-band storytelling for on-air and online content. As a reporter, my position allowed me to focus on a variety of issues in Centre County—illegal garbage dumping, the texting while driving ban and Jerry Sandusky's pre-trial hearings.
I am continuously striving to gain hands-on experience and working here in Eastern Kentucky allows me to do just that!
I am proud to be part of your Mountain Family and make Appalachian my new home!