For why I left TV news, please read my blog.
Rowena \ˈrō-i-nə\ Noun
A visual storyteller and empathetic people person who loves to share the joys and sorrows, the hopes and anguish, the extraordinary and the mundane of everyday people, and hopes to bring the world closer together through captivating video stories.
Growing up as a shy child who loved telling stories of the adventures of her toys but refused to tell them to an audience, I never even imagined a career in broadcast journalism. By the age of 9 I had broken out of my shell, and by 14 I had started on my path in journalism. But going into Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, my concentration was in magazine writing. It wasn't until I was working on a story on an Iraqi refugee that I discovered the power of video in communicating human emotion. And I was hooked.
Since then I have produced a variety of broadcast and long-form videos for both TV and the Web. As the 2011 AAJA-Chicago Linda Yu Broadcast Scholarship Recipient, I was a reporting and field producing intern working with WGN-TV's Nancy Loo. I was out on the streets of Chicago every day, gathering interviews and field producing while also practicing my on-air delivery. I also pitched, produced and co-wrote a special cover story, as well as researched and wrote tech posts for the Big Tiny World blog on wgntv.com.
Prior to working in Chicago, I reported for KULR-8, the NBC affiliate in Billings, Montana. There, I worked as a general assignment reporter, covering breaking news and feature stories and delivering multiple stories each day for the station's five daily newscasts. I count my coverage of the severe flooding of May-July 2011 as my most valuable experience there.
In late December 2011, I returned from four months of studying and traveling in Europe. My international experiences continued in 2012 as I made my way to China to research and report on Manchu, a dying language.
Please feel free to contact me or check out my LinkedIn.