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WOUB Wednesdays: Baltimore Ravens Director of Social Media Garrett Downing

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Wednesday, March 10 at 7:15 p.m.

ATHENS, OH –As director of social media and digital host for the Baltimore Ravens, Garrett Downing is living his dream, and now he wants to share what he’s learned about the media industry with current students at WOUB. Downing will be the next speaker in the 2021 WOUB Wednesday series on March 10 at 7:15 p.m. WOUB Wednesdays is a program that gives former WOUB students the opportunity to conduct a virtual conversation with current students and talk about their career experiences. Downing is a 2010 graduate of Ohio University and worked at WOUB from 2006-2010. He spent much of his time at WOUB working on Gridiron Glory, which he hosted during his junior and senior years of college.

Downing joined the Ravens in 2011 after working at WEWS-TV in Cleveland as a digital content producer. In his role with the Ravens, he is responsible for developing and executing the organization’s social media strategy and initiatives. Downing also works as a reporter and host for Ravens’ digital video and television content.

“During WOUB Wednesdays, current WOUB students are learning so much from former WOUB students who are out in the world working in the media industry,” said WOUB Student Professional Development and Production Services Director Michael Rodriguez. “We have many students who want to go into careers in sports media and hearing from Garrett will be a great learning opportunity for them.”

“Each week through mid-April, we will have a different former WOUB student scheduled to talk with current students,” said WOUB Community Engagement Manager Cheri Russo. “The former students are excited to share what they have learned out in the industry with current students at WOUB.”

Other scheduled WOUB Wednesday speakers include: TNT Basketball Sideline Reporter Allie LaForce, Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart, Hollywood Celebrity Photographer Stephen Busken, WHIO TV Morning Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and PBS A Capitol Fourth and National Memorial Day Concert Director Paul Miller. The final WOUB Wednesday will be held on April 14. It will be a virtual panel discussion examining the state of the broadcast industry during these trying times. Several former WOUB students will be on hand to talk about the issues and hear from current students about their experiences and questions.

The virtual discussions will be held each Wednesday evening at 7:15 p.m. and are open to all current and former WOUB students as well as WOUB staff. Those interested can register at  Registration is required for each week’s session.