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New Anchors Named for News 20 at Five

From left to right: Marsha Buchanan, Tiffany Lewis, Kara Alli

September 2, 2010

- Three new anchors have been selected for Florida A&M University (FAMU) TV-20’s live newscast.  The weather anchor is Kara Alli, a senior broadcast journalism student from Miami, Fla. and Marsha Buchanan, a senior broadcast journalism student from Orlando, Fla., will serve as the sports anchor. Tiffany Lewis, a senior broadcast journalism student from Chicago, Ill., will fill the main news anchor chair.

“I look forward to working with such talented and enthusiastic students and faculty,” said Lewis.

The live newscasts will air at 5 p.m. from Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, September 13. Students from the Advanced TV News class will also produce “Week in Review” shows airing Fridays at 7 p.m.

Alli has held internships at local news stations and plans to pursue a job as an investigative reporter or news producer after college.

“Having served as a news anchor for my high school television station, I am excited about this latest venture as an anchor for FAMU-TV 20,” said Alli.

Buchanan recently worked as an intern for ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

“It was there that I really honed in on my strange curiosity and fascination for sports,” said Buchanan. 

This semester, broadcast journalism students will also produce a “Homecoming Special,” as well as a “Mid-term Election Special,” under the direction of broadcast sequence coordinator Kenneth Jones and assistant professor Leonard Horton, news director for News 20 at Five.

“Because of technology, the walls separating radio, print, television and graphics are disappearing,” said Horton.  “Our efforts in the broadcast sequence will continue to focus on the changing trends in our field. Now, more than ever, students have to know a little bit about everything.”

A host of student volunteers will serve in various production roles with News 20 at Five under the leadership of technical director Michael Walker and members of the FAMU-TV 20 staff.

FAMU-TV 20 is an educational access channel operated by FAMU’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. It reaches more than 80,000 households via Comcast.

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