Look who was once a MIP Intern


"One of the most common questions I get from young aspiring journalists is… “how did you get in to the business?”  My answer inevitably comes around to that one internship… the internship through the Illinois Broadcasters Association.  I took off a whole semester from U of I and interned full-time in the newsroom at WBBM-TV, Ch2, in Chicago.  But it wasn’t just working in the newsroom.  I was working for the one and only Walter Jacobson, dean of political commentary in Chicago!  Was it scary?  You bet!  Did I gain the confidence and determination to go out and get a job in television news afterwards?  Absolutely!  By the way, without the IBA program, I’m not sure I would’ve gotten the much-sought-after intern position with Walter.  And let me tell you, if you can survive Walter (sorting through his daily news tips by the hundreds and going out on an all night undercover shoot as an intern)… you can survive in this business!  All internships, like jobs, are what you make of it.  The IBA program will give you a wonderful opportunity to get to the starting line.  Now, it’s up to you to separate yourself from the crowd and finish the race!"

Judy Hsu
Anchor, "ABC-7 News This Morning", Chicago

"I interned at WREX-TV 13 in Rockford, in the fall of 1992. At the time it was an ABC affiliate.  I nervously left my first  semester of my senior year at the University of Illinois, and rented an apartment in Rockford. I would have never been able to afford that apartment if it weren’t for the MIP. Throughout college, I received zero financial assistance from my family. My father was unemployed and my mother worked at a cafeteria. I got by on scholarships awarded for good grades, and part-time jobs I picked up along my journey. There were two people at that station who changed my life. Dennis Horton, the news director who took me on as an intern. And Mike Robinson, the main anchor and eventual news director who would offer me my first job immediately after I finished said internship, a full a school year before I would finish earning my degree.

At WREX, I shot, edited and wrote my own stories. Back then the gear was heavy – I carried a camera on one shoulder and a large 3/4 inch tape deck on the other. On weekends, I did the weather. We had no computers. Scripts had to be typed. My experience here was invaluable because I learned how to do everything, and to this day, even as a -veteran- network correspondent,  I can still edit. And I know good or bad editing or shooting when I see it."

Steve Osunsami
Correspondent, ABC New


I was very fortunate to be awarded an internship grant from the Illinois Broadcasters Association for the summer of 1990, as part of their Minority Internship Program.  I am eternally grateful to Gene Dybvig for convincing me to spend three months working in the sports department at WGN Radio in Chicago, instead of at a television station.  Without question, this opportunity cemented my passion and propelled me into a career in broadcast journalism.  I gained invaluable experience as a writer, producer, and reporter under the direction of industry greats such as Chuck Swirsky, Wayne Larivee, and Randy Minkoff.  The lessons I learned working in the studio and covering the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, and Bears still resonate with me 23 years later.  It is a joy to know that the MIP has evolved into the Multicultural Internship Program.  I truly hope that other aspiring journalists are being inspired and more importantly, prepared through this tremendous initiative by the IBA.”

Ryan Baker
Lead sports anchor, CBS-2, Chicago




"Deciding late in my education to pursue a degree in Broadcast Journalism meant that I had missed out on several opportunities to intern in my chosen field.  Thankfully, it wasn't too late to apply for and be awarded an IBA Minority Internship my Senior year.  Those few months spent in Quincy, IL at the NBC affiliated WGEM News Channel 10 helped to build the foundation of my career.  It was there that I got my first real world experience in reporting and producing.  It was during this time that I learned how to go into the the field each day and come back with a story for air.  Here, in a little town across the the Mississippi River from Mark Twain's birthplace I wrote the first chapter of my adventure in journalism.  Since then, I've reported from the wild tribal areas of Pakistan for CNN, uncovered corruption and fraud for an award-winning investigative unit and covered everything from politics and government to health and the environment for PBS.  It's been a fascinating journey - one that began unforgettably with the Illinois Broadcasters Association."

Ash-har Quraishi
Chicago Correpondent for Al Jazeera America
 Former Islamabad Bureau Chief, CNN


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