Spotlight on Angelica Robinson of Channel 15 News

| October 7, 2017
Jeanie Summerville

Jeanie Summerville

By Jeanie Summerville

What’s up, babies?

It pleases me to bring to you this week’s spotlight because for quite sometime, she’s been bringing us the News on Wane TV, Channel 15 and she’s doing a wonderful job getting to the point while showing some compassion—and, I like that.  So at this time, we bring her to you, as we travel on our journey of love to get to know one another better:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Angelica Robinson and my official title with Wane TV is, multi-media journalist because I do it all.  I shoot my own video, edit my stories and report it.

“I’ve just celebrated my second year anniversary on Aug. 25, 2017 with the station and it feels good because I enjoy what I do.  What I like so much about my job is, everyday is different when I come into work and I don’t know what’s going to happen that day.  My job also takes me into places where I’m learning something new everyday and meeting different people every day.  

Angelica Robinson

Angelica Robinson

“How it all happened is, I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and my father James Robinson, has been a part of the news crew for my entire life and well before then. So, I was always exposed to news but I never grew up thinking I was going to do that because I was always a shy kid and didn’t like talking in front of people.  After graduating from high school, I moved to Cincinnati and attended University of Cincinnati majoring in Communications. And upon graduation, I lived there for a couple of years, then moved to Chicago and went to Grad School at DePaul University and received my Masters in Journalism.    

“Shortly after, I got a job in Chicago working at WGN and I worked as a news writer and I filled in as a producer for their 24-hour network which is called Chicago Land Television (C.L.T.).  I spent two years doing that, then I decided I do want to do reporting.  I wanted to try the on-camera thing and see how that goes and, in order to do that, I applied for jobs everywhere and ended up getting a job here.  I love Fort Wayne, it’s very different than Chicago. Chicago is a big city and I spent four years there and I love Chicago but Fort Wayne reminds me a lot of my home town.  It’s livable, the pace is a little bit slower but there’s still a lot of things to do and I’ve met a lot of nice people since I’ve been here.  It also works out well for me because most of my family lives in Dayton and my husband’s family lives in Chicago, so we’re right in the middle of everybody on a quick road trip one way or the other, we can spend a weekend with family.

“I want to inspire our youth who want to make a career in journalism by saying, the biggest thing is connecting and having a mentor because it’s a competitive business and, being able to make those kind of connections are very important.  Also, anyone who wants to be a journalist must care about people because, in your stories, you will meet people from all walks of life and it’s important to be able to understand and meet people where they’re at and connect with them.  You’re going to see people in their best moments and in their worst moments and it’s important to be able to connect.  This business is a people business and you must get along with people to tell their stories properly.  

“But when I first went to college, I thought I was going to go into the medical field.  I didn’t realize I was interested in being a journalist.  But once I learned I had a knack for writing in my freshman year, while attending University of Cincinnati and my English 101 professor—Muriel Cunningham—said she liked my writing and thought I was good at it,  I started exploring other options until I came into journalism and I liked it and I pursued it.  It’s fitting, it works for me, I love it, I like meeting new people and I like sharing their stories.  I also like that every story is a challenge to put everything together so people will be connected with it and being on television is part of telling their stories.  Even though, I’ve never been someone that like to be in front of people, I’ve learned how and I’m still learning.  And, Professor Muriel became one of my mentors and she still is. I always stay connected with her.

“My other mentor is my dad. He’s always been someone in my corner who understands the business.  He was a photographer most of his career at a television station and he also worked with a woman by the name of Natasha Williams for a lot of his career and she was an anchor/ reporter and became my mentor as well.  She’s actually an evening anchor in Monroe, Louisiana now, but when I first got this job, she came down here and we had lunch.  She’s the one I can call and say, ‘What do you think of this’ or ‘What do you think of that?’  So, she’s been a big part of my growth and development.

“My dad is still in the news business in Dayton, Ohio and in his career as a photographer, he worked behind the scenes and so, I’m sure being a young kid and being exposed to journalism in that way, probably helped mold me a lot more than I realized.  Because as a young person, I spent a lot of time with him running out on breaking news stories when my mom was at work.    

“Another mentor of mine is, my broadcaster journalism professor at DePaul University, Rick Brown.  He taught me how to be a reporter and anchor and I send him my stories every so often and ask what he thinks I could have done differently or better too?  All four of my mentors have helped to mold me, has help me to grow in Journalism and helped me to be a better writer and story teller.  I’ll never lose connection with my mentors because as I said, they’re very important to have so you can keep learning and keep growing within it, I’m still learning something new everyday and I love it!”

Now in closing I say, great job Angelica. I’m so proud of you.  It  was a pleasure to have met you, even though it was a difficult time for me but, somehow, you made it a little bit easier. Thank you.  So until next time, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye bye, babies.

P.S.  If you’d like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone you know, in the name of love, send me an email to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo.com.  I’d love to hear from you.

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