Feature:Johnica Reed Hawkins

I’ve lived, worked and studied across six continents.

Work / As a writer, I work to archive Black culture through stories.

Latest Project / On assignment for Time, Inc., I traveled to Cuba to explore the African history, traditions and religious customs that form the backbone of the island’s identity. My work appears in the August 2016 issue of ESSENCE Magazine.

Next Up / Houston, Raleigh-Durham, Paris, London, Antarctica.

 

 

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Feature: Sheena Elzie

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Sheena Elzie joined KSPR news in July 2012 as a Multi-Media Journalist/Reporter.

She comes to KSPR from WAND in Decatur, IL where she was a Reporter, Producer and fill-in Anchor. Sheena’s career started in Traverse City, MI where she was a Reporter/Producer at WPBN.

Sheena is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and during college, spent time in the CNN newsroom learning the tricks of the news trade.  She has been recognized by the university and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association for excellence in reporting.

Sheena is a true news junkie, but when she’s not chasing after the next big story, you can usually find her working out, dancing, or singing along to some of her favorite songs. She also loves spending time with family in her hometown in the Chicago suburbs. Sheena is looking forward to meeting new friends in her new home state and hopes to continue to strive for success, break barriers, and have fun doing it during her time in Springfield!

 

 

 

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Feature: Jacqueline London

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Emmy-winning journalist Jacqueline London joined NBC10 in March of 2013. She can currently be seen co-anchoring NBC10 News at 5 PM and 11 PM weekdays.

Prior to joining NBC10, London was with WKMG in Orlando, Florida, where she spent 10 years as an anchor and reporter.  While there she was named ‘Best News Anchor’ by The Orlando Business Journal.  She also earned two Suncoast Emmys while at WKMG, one for the program “Primetime London” which she wrote, produced and hosted.
 
With over 15 years of experience in broadcasting, London is known for her exclusive one-on-one interviews, from local newsmakers and celebrities to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.  In late 2013, she interviewed Jimmy Fallon as he prepared for his new role as host of The Tonight Show, NBC’s iconic late-night program.

London got her start at ABC affiliate WQAD in Moline, Ill.  During her two years there, she anchored the station’s weekend morning news and reported for the afternoon and evening newscasts.

Active in the community, London is involved in women’s issues and other causes close to her heart.  She actively works to raise awareness for heart disease and diabetes.  Since moving to Philadelphia she has emceed the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, Philadelphia’s 2013 Heart Walk, and the 2014 Annual Heart Ball.

London earned a B.A. in journalism & mass communication from The University of Iowa.   A native of Chicago, she currently resides in Philadelphia and enjoys exploring her new hometown.

 

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Feature: Nefertiti Jaquez

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Nefertiti Jáquez joined NBC10 in January 2013. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, she was with NBC affiliate KPRC 2 in Houston, Texas, where she had been a reporter and fill-in anchor since 2010.

Jáquez is an Emmy-nominated journalist with a reputation for landing exclusive interviews.  During her time at KPRC, she had the only interview of Uriel Landeros, the man charged with the notorious 2012 vandalizing of a Picasso painting.  She interviewed the sister of the Navy Seal Commander who led the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, and was the only reporter allowed to train with both FBI and Homeland Security Special Response Teams as they practiced anti-terrorism, drug smuggling, and human trafficking drills.

From 2004 to 2007, Jáquez was with CBS affiliate WFOR in Miami, Florida, as a general assignment reporter.  She later reported for WTFX in Philadelphia from 2007 to 2009.

Jáquez, a native of Rhode Island, is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.  She studied at Brown University in Providence, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American politics and public policy with an independent study in journalism.  During college, she was chosen to participate in the prestigious Emma L. Bowen Foundation Internship Program.  It was through the program that she worked at WJAR in Rhode Island, where she realized she had a passion for television news.  She currently lives in the Philadelphia area.

 

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Feature: Monique Braxton

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Emmy-nominated journalist Monique Braxton joined NBC10 in 2000. Her exclusive interviews and coverage of breaking news has made her one of Philadelphia’s most respected journalists. Prior to joining NBC10, Braxton was an anchor and correspondent with MSNBC, anchored Sunrise on NBC, and was a contributing correspondent for Nightly News Weekend.

Earlier in her career, Braxton was a freelance reporter at WBAL in Baltimore, Maryland, and a weekday morning anchor with NewsChannel 8 Cable Network in Washington, D.C.   She also served as reporter and anchor/bureau chief for WAVY in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Some of Braxton’s most notable recent stories include the George Washington Bridge lane shutdown investigation, Philadelphia’s school budget crisis and closures, the federal investigation of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, and the 2013 Salvation Army Store Collapse.

Throughout her career Braxton has been recognized for her work in the community.  Most recently she was named 2013 Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.  She received the Leon Sullivan Center’s HOPE Award, and was recognized for her 11 years of dedication to the African American Children’s Book Fair with a Philadelphia City Council Resolution.  In 2011, she was the recipient of the Philadelphia Tuskegee Alumni Associations Excellence in Journalism Award.  She also received the Delta Sigma Theta 30 Years of Service Award and was named one of the NAACP’s 100 Influential Black Women in Philadelphia, among many other honors.

Braxton is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of University Women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

In addition to her work with the African American Children’s Book Fair, Braxton is active in several community programs including Career Wardrobe, the Sickle Cell Community Advocacy Committee at CHOP, and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.

Braxton graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting and a Master of Science in Media Management.  She also taught Broadcast Journalism at Virginia Union University and Virginia State University.  She currently resides in Montgomery County with her family.

 

 

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Feature: Rhonda Shelby

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Rhonda Shelby is a weather anchor for KATU News. She started with KATU in 1993 as Community Relations Director.

Rhonda has received several journalistic awards for her work. While working at KOMO-TV in Seattle, Rhonda received the United Press International Award for “Best Feature Story” and an Emmy Award for a hard-hitting series on Faith Healing.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Brigham Young University and a certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She also holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.

Rhonda is an honorary board member of the Portland/SW Washington Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She is also a founding member of the Advisory Council for the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU.

In her spare time, Rhonda loves fishing and exploring the Northwest, golfing and baking. She is actively involved in community organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

 
 
 
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Feature: Deb J Lee

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Education: Deb Lee graduated with masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kent State in December 2011. Undergrad degree from West Liberty University in West Virginia.

Current Position/Job Duties: Multimedia Journalist.

Joined NewsChannel5: 1989

Awards/Honors: 2008 inductee to the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Akron. Recipient of numerous awards, including National Headliner and Emmy.

Favorite Sports Team(s): Cleveland Cavaliers, Steubenville Big Red football team

Favorite Music: Motown, oldies.

Favorite Movie: The Temptations.

Favorite Foods: Mac and cheese.

Family: Daughter, mother, uncle and a bunch of cousins.

Something most people don’t know about me: I get really, really nervous talking in front of a live audience.

What I like best about Northeast Ohio: You can do anything here that you can do in New York. It’s less expensive and the traffic isn’t as bad.

On weekends I love to: Relax, spend time with family and close friends.

 

 

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