Beginning in September, 30 Rockefeller Center will no longer be just a famous address to OHIO junior journalism major Angela Reighard, who dreams of eventually becoming the anchor for NBC Nightly News. The news and information major and political science minor has been selected as the next Bobcat intern to work with radio/television alumnus Matt Lauer at “The TODAY Show.”
“My reaction [when I found out I got the position] was pure excitement,” said Reighard, who credits her success to her involvement with WOUB Public Media. “I was at the pharmacy waiting in line and I saw I had an email and I started crying. I was so happy and excited. It’s a dream come true.”
Reighard has served as a radio reporter, a TV reporter, a news anchor, a weather anchor and a video editor for WOUB. She has also begun to learn about the role of producer.
“When I stepped foot on campus my freshman year, I knew from the beginning I wanted to work at WOUB. Students can get hands on experience before they get it in class or get to the real world,” explained Reighard who began anchoring the news toward the end of her freshman year.
Reighard said OHIO offers media students so many opportunities to get involve, both on campus and at local publications.
“You can start as soon as you get to campus,” she said. “Scripps sets you up so well to land internships early.”
Reighard completed internships at Sirius XM Radio and WKYC in Cleveland prior to landing “The TODAY Show” position.
Tim Sharp, WOUB’s news director, has nothing but praise for Reighard. “She’s a hardworking, dedicated, very professional student. I’m very proud she got the internship. I believe she’ll represent Ohio University and WOUB as well or better than any other student that has been there.”
Reighard said she is glad she chose OHIO, saying the College’s internship program is invaluable.
“I’m so thankful for this school and for the fact that they have the internship program,” she said. “It was a huge selling point for me. They’re so supportive of students interning and going to big-name internships.”
Lauer, who graduated from Ohio University in 1997, established the internship program for Ohio University Scripps students nearly fifteen years ago. As part of the internship program, Scripps students earn hands-on experience in television production, broadcast journalism, research and a variety of other tasks.