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Mariah M.

Former Journalist, Aspiring Writer, Marketing Specialist, Blogger

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About Me

A Passion for Storytelling and Sharing with Others

      At 9 years old, I wrote my first fictional story about fairies. I definitely had a wild imagination and would get inspired by TV shows and playing outside on my parent's 10-acre property as a child.

    I would spend my free time typing make-believe stories on my mother's computer in the family office. I continued to write a little in high school and became fully involved with broadcast journalism after appearing on a local PBS show in my hometown of Medford, OR. 

     When going into college, I knew I wanted to pursue a career where I could incorporate my writing into a common good. After obtaining my BA, I worked as an MMJ for a local news station for 2 and a half years (picture on the right for reference) before deciding I wanted to use my writing, charisma, and time management skills elsewhere. 

      As a storyteller, I want to keep people informed in the most fun and educational way using creative writing, video editing, and a little digital marketing to make the right content stick with the right audiences.

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My Experience in Communications

Background & Expertise

2017 Track and Field Championships

June 7th - June 10th, 2017

I worked for ESPN as a runner for the 2017 NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. As a runner, I helped the TV crew with setting up for the races, ran errands and I was the assistant for the talent, Jill Montgomery.

2017 NCAA Softball Super Regional

May 18th - May 21st, 2017

I worked for ESPN as a runner for the NCAA Softball Super Regional. As a runner, I helped the TV crew with their errands for the weekend from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Duck TV Sports

January 2016 - March 2018

As a student broadcast journalist, I was a reporter and a sports anchor for University of Oregon athletics. I attended weekly meetings and a studio session each Sunday where our shows for Duck TV were produced.

Oregon News

December 2016 - June 2017, December 2017 - June 2018

I worked as a floor director and teleprompter, where I would lead the anchors, fix lighting in the studio, and help set up the cameras for the student-run live show broadcasted weekly on a public access channel. 


 


Oregon Ducks vs California Golden Bears, Men's Basketball

September 29th - Septemeber 30th, 2017

I was a runner for ESPN, running errands for the crew and watching the broadcast be produced from inside the truck.

KWVA UO's Student Station

September 2016 - February 2017

I was briefly trained on how to do sports broadcast radio, which included game coverage of Oregon Athletics and the show QuackSmack.

Multimedia Journalist at KOBI-TV NBC5 News

October 7th, 2019 - March 2nd, 2022

I worked full-time in Medford, OR pitching stories, interviewing people, gathering footage, video editing, and being an on-air broadcast personality fronting in the studio, in the newsroom, or live at different destinations in town.

Marketing Specialist at Jackson County Library Services

July 2023 - Current

I design flyers promoting events, write and distribute press releases, update monthly website posts, email marketing, manage social media posts, and photography.

A (small) sample of my reporting

Below are links to my personal top 4 stories I've covered as a professional journalist. These cover multiple topics and highlight my article writing as well as my videography skills.

Rogue Valley Man creates Intersection of Entertainment

Table Rock Elementary crossing guard, Mario Arenas, goes the extra mile for students coming and going from campus.

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WWII nurse celebrates 99th birthday in northern California

In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, drive-by birthday parades were popular. This was my favorite one out of the many I covered.

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Local 4-year-old boy saves his mom from COVID-19 complications​

Wesley Mull saved his mom, Glenda, from running out of oxygen and dying. He was later recognized as an honorary firefighter and the community threw him a surprise birthday party.

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Local girl raises nearly $3k in lemonade sales for Almeda Fire victims​

In Sept. 2020, major tragedy struck southern Oregon. A wildfire fueled by dry terrain and historic 80 m.p.h winds destroyed 2 and a half towns, burning down 2,500 structures. This young lady made it her mission to help victims using lemonade sales.

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On-air Presence 

Here's a sample of me live reporting and showcasing my on-air personality. 


This small reel features my live reporting between 2020 and May 2021.

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Education

What I’ve Learned

Crater Academy of Health and Public Services

As a high school student, I was awarded for Excellent Community Service and an Outstanding G.P.A. of 3.5 - 3.9. I was involved with the varsity golf team and my 4-H club.

September 2010 - June 2014

University of Oregon, B.A.

September 2014 - September 2018

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in journalism and a minor in sociology. As a college student, I was heavily involved within the School of Journalism and Communications. I took an average of 14 - 20 credits every term while maintaining jobs.

My Skills

What I Can Do

Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, Edius

Video Editing

Proficient in video editing on Adobe Premiere, Apple's Final Cut, and Edius.

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams

Writing, Charts, Data Entry, and Presentations

Proficient with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Teams with experience in Excel.

Adobe Spark, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign

Creative Storytelling

Proficient in Spark, fairly skilled in Photoshop and InDesign.

"Words actually matter. They're significant, they can transform and open up our imagination."

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Want to know more?

I’d love to hear from you and share my experiences as a broadcast reporter, or maybe even tell you more about my personal life. Thanks for checking out my website!

541-653-0023

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