UH Mānoa alumna Shere’e Young is an example of how participation in KTUH can translate to a successful career in the media industry. After graduating in 2010, Young won the Northern California Area Emmy Award working as a producer for newscasting. Young shared how her experiences as a promotions manager for KTUH and a staff writer for Ka Leo helped guide her professional career.
KTUH AND KA LEO
In the spring of 2007, Young was referred to KTUH by the journalism department.
“I didn’t know college radio was available [at that time],” said Young in an interview with KTUH on College Radio Day.
Young was accepted by KTUH and started working the 3 to 6 a.m. shift, and eventually worked as a DJ on Sundays.
“[These experiences] gave me a direction … [and helped shape my interest] in news broadcasting,” she said.
Young also participated in Ka Leo, serving as a writer in the features section.
Working for both of these organizations allowed Young to obtain internships with various local media outlets.
“After that, everything kind’ve just snowballed. I went into TV [and] interned at KHNL, [and] interned with PR,” said Young.
SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION
After graduating from UH Mānoa, Young interned and worked for a PR firm for eight months. Following that, she worked as a producer for KITV4 for two years. Young won an Emmy for evening newscasts in medium markets in 2010.
Young mentioned how important working for KTUH was to her professional development.
“It’s a place to grow, it’s a place to find opportunity, it’s a place to use as a resource … and it has opened many doors,” said Young.