It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 11 years since my life-changing trip to Washington, D.C.
I was a part of the amazing group of Chipsters from the class of Summer 2005. Although just a few of us remain in journalism, we still keep in touch, and it’s clear how our time together shaped our lives.
After a week learning in and exploring the nation’s capital, I started my internship at the Ventura County Star in Ventura, Calif., as a copy editor intern. Unlike most Chipsters in my class, I wasn’t too far from my family’s home and made the 40-minute commute every day.
Copy editing was not my passion. I was a broadcast journalism major at the University of Southern California. However, I would not have changed my position at the paper for anything. I learned how great writers told stories. To this day, I use the skills I picked up as a copy editor intern.
After my internship, I went back to the East Coast for an internship with the Freedom Forum. It was like going home. I learned a lot and was given many opportunities to grow. I saw the new Newseum being built and got a tour, hardhat and all. I helped create some of the exhibits people saw when the doors first opened.
I graduated from college in December 2007 and had a tough time finding a journalism gig. After slinging lattes and working as a public information officer, I landed my first job in TV. Even with the long hours and low pay, I was happier than I’d ever been.
After working in California, at television stations in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, I’m now at KUSA in Denver. The station has been my home for almost a year. It’s one of the most prestigious stations in the country, ranking in the top 20.
My station is filled with great, hard-working people, including fellow Chipster Kassandra Lau.
During my career, I’ve won six Golden Mike Awards and have three Emmy nominations. I believe the Chips Quinn Scholars program – and the people – helped me get where I am today.
Happy 25th anniversary, Chipsters! Here’s to another 25 years and more great journalists.
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