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A Conversation with Jona Denz-Hamilton, 94.5 Bay FM Midday Air Personality

Q: When you were in high school, did you know you wanted to go into Radio Broadcasting as a career?JDH: I was fascinated with communication since I was a little tyke. My electrical engineer dad was always building some kind of magical radio-type device. By high school, I was in love with my guitar playing and listening to LOTS of FM radio. I started actually doing radio in college--a bit of fun that turned into an obsession, LOL!Q: How many years have you ..

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Meet Celeste Perry, Host KOFY TV & DJ 98.5 FM KFOX

Q: What was it like moving to the Bay Area from Honolulu?CP: I came to a different kind of paradise in San Francisco. While I love the beaches, the landscape and aloha spirit of the Islands, I wanted to try my luck in a major radio market. San Francisco was the perfect spot for me, and like Hawaii, the cost of living in San Francisco was high, so it immediately felt like home. 
Q: How did you get your first media job … as a chicken?CP: I was an unpaid inte..

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Meet Maria Medina, News Anchor at 
KPIX 5, CBS


Q: How did your career start as news anchor?
MM: I actually started delivering the news when I was in eighth grade! I love saying that. My first job was delivering newspapers … I actually wanted to be a newspaper reporter. But then a TV station had me on its morning show when I was in my last year of college and the anchors told me I should try TV news and offered me an internship … I was hooked. Sometimes I would spend 16 hours a day in the newsroom just ..

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Meet Dion Lim, News Anchor / Reporter ABC7 News, KGO-TV

Q:  How did your career start as a news anchor?DL: By a stroke of pure luck!  I had always wanted to be a reporter, then a network correspondent before the age of 30.  This was the career path I had carved out in my head.  But during my first on-air job in tiny Springfield, Massachusetts, (market 109) just a year into the job, somehow, my agent got a call the ABC station in Kansas City (market 33) and asked if I wanted to try anchoring.   Having never anc..

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Meet Vicky Nguyen, Senior Investigative, Reporter & Anchor NBC Bay Area News

Q: Can you share a little history how it all began, starting with the experience of May 4, 1979?VN: My parents fled Vietnam as boat people when I was an infant. They wanted to escape Communism and provide opportunities for me, their only daughter, in the United States of America. After a harrowing journey to Malaysia, my family stayed in a refugee camp for more than year, then we were sponsored to America by a family and church community in Eugene, Oregon...

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Meet Kari Hall, Meteorologist at NBC Bay Area News

Q: What made you decide to go in the field of telling the weather?KH: Weather always has been my passion. As a child, I would tell people I wanted to be a meteorologist and they would say…well, that’s different! I grew up in Louisville, KY where there’s extreme cold, lots of snow, flooding, drought, crazy storms, and extreme heat. The wide range of weather through the year raised my curiosity about why it occurs. I began reaching out to local meteorologist..

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Meet Brittney Shipp, KRON4’S Chief Meteorologist

Q: What made you decide to go in the field of telling the weather?BS: In small TV markets, you try a lot of different positions. I was a producer, anchor, breaking news reporter and features reporter. One day my news director asks me to deliver the weather. It was a great fit! I always loved math and science, I never really knew it was an option-I never met a TV meteorologist and that became the motivation for me to write my children’s book The Meteorologi..

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Meet Vicki Liviakis, KRON4 News Anchor

Q: How did your career start as a News Anchor?VL: Writing and illustrating story booklets of what seemed endlessly fascinating in my little world. I was six or seven years old. Topics mostly included horses. And… horses. Eventually that developed into writing articles and taking photos of high school life for the campus paper. Most noteworthy was a piece on streakers who ran buck-naked through a football game. I believe I actually wrote the eye-brow raisin..

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Meet Jessica Aguirre, News Anchor NBC Bay Area News

Q: How did your career start as a news Anchor?JA: My career started in Miami, way before I was a news anchor as an intern at the local Spanish Language television affiliate for UNIVISION. I was at the University of Miami when the woman I worked under suddenly quit and in a “Broadcast News” (movie) they turned to me and said “can you do her job? You are hired “. From that moment on I went to school during the mornings and worked a night shift at the TV sta..

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Meet Laurie Roberts, DJ for KPIG-FM

Q: How did your career start in Radio?LR: My Mom would listen to the legendary SF station KSFO, and I liked it too. Jim Lange was the morning host, and every morning he would say Happy Birthday to listeners around the Bay Area, who had sent in their names, and he would do this over the music of David Rose' 'The Stripper'. My Mom was no shrinking violet, but also not one for public attention. Despite this, I sent her name in. On the morning of her birthday,..

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Meet Sandhya Patel, Meteorologist 
ABC7 News 


Q: What made you decide to go in the field of telling the weather?SP: It was a complete accident! I started out in news in Salinas in 1999 doing a variety of jobs from reporting, anchoring, writing, producing to helping run the assignment desk. When I was assigned the task of writing a weather segment for our anchors to read, I was fascinated. I have always loved science and math, so this was not a surprise. I had gotten my Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Te..

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Meet Elizabeth Cook, Anchor KPIX 5 News CBS SF Bay Area

Q: What led to your decision to pursue a career in Broadcasting & Journalism?EC: I had the privilege of working with Tom Brokaw when I was a senior in high school. Brokaw was the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade, while I was on the Royal Court for the Tournament of Roses. I wasn’t sure what I wanted my major to be or what college I should choose. He encouraged me to pursue a career in journalism because of our mutual love of history and storytelling. Q: ..

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