2016 Broadcast & Cinematic Arts Major
News Producer for WAVY-TV 10
Days after her CMU graduation, School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts major, Kathryn Havrilla, '16 started her job as News Producer for WAVY-TV 10 in Norfolk, Virginia. Kathryn is responsible for producing the morning weekday newscasts, which include the 4:30-6:00 a.m. show and the 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. show.
While at CMU, Kathryn served as Producer/Director for News Central 34, President of the local chapter of the Radio Television News Directors' Association (RTNDA), News Director for WMHW-FM and was a representative on BCA's Student Broadcast Executive Council. Kathryn was one of six BCA students who earned network credentials working as a Production Assistant on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show broadcast live from Flint, Michigan. This town hall forum focused on the city's water crisis that was making national headlines. Kathryn also worked as a Production Assistant for WCMU-TV and completed internships at both WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids and WJRT-ABC 12 in Flint.
Kathryn's involvement in BCA cocurriculars and her passion for electronic media led her to receive numerous honors during her CMU tenure. These include the Al Painter Outstanding Newcomer Award, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and Dr. Peter B. Orlik Broadcasting Scholarships, the Susan Rozman Delia Memorial Scholarship, and the Richard Eaton Foundation Scholarship awarded by the Broadcast Education Association. Kathryn was also a Philo Festival of Media Arts Winner in the newscast category and recipient of the 2016 School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Award given to the year's top graduate.
Even though she is out-of-state and in her first year of establishing her own producing career, Kathryn still takes the time to mentor other BCA students. She shares with them what to expect when working in a newsroom and gives advice regarding the job search. Like many before her, Kathryn has now joined the ranks of dedicated School of Broadcast and Cinematic alums who continue the tradition of assisting students entering the industry and supporting their beloved BCA program.