TENNIKA SMITH HUGHES
 Resume Work Experience: WJAX-TV/WFOX-TV Cox Media Group Jacksonville, FL August 2014 – Present Evening Anchor Anchors daily evening newscasts with engaging and compelling coverage on major events. Enterprises story ideas and consults with producers and managers on content. Maintains strong working relationships with producers and production teams to ensure high quality newscasts. Provides leadership and mentoring to reporters, producers and other employees. Contributes content across various digital and social media platforms. Serves as ambassador for station through volunteer work and public appearances. Achievements: 2015 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Education/Schools), 2015 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Spot News), 2015 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award recipient for Best TV Newscast WSOC-TV/ WAXN-TV, Charlotte, North Carolina August 2009 – August 2014 Weekday Morning Anchor/Reporter Research, gather, deliver and report news and information for the public. Convey information on current events or breaking news on-air and online. Able to adlib on variety of topics and devise questions for on-air interviews. Communicates effectively with producers and reporters in the field. Writes and updates content for newscasts, website, & social media. Enterprises story ideas on a daily basis. Strong emphasis on hard, local, and breaking news. ABC 24 WPTY / CW30 WLMT, Memphis, Tennessee July 2006 – July 2009 General Assignment Reporter Provide reports for station’s morning, midday and evening newscasts. Enterprise multiple stories daily. “Run-and-gun” breaking news reporting. Multiple live shots daily. Post content to the website each day. Responsible for weekly “Child Care Report Card” and “Waiting Child” adoption segments. Recipient of 2008 Broadcast Media “Making Kids Count Award” from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth for “Child Care Report Card” segment. WMAZ-TV, Macon, Georgia July 2004 – July 2006 Reporter/Anchor/Video journalist Investigated and reported information to present on Emmy award winning daily newscasts. Anchored a two-hour morning newscast and a 30-minute noon show daily. Also shot and edited video footage and wrote for broadcast and online. Live reporting and field editing experience. Capital News Service, UMTV, College Park, Maryland January 2004 – May 2004 General Assignment Reporter Worked as a reporter/anchor/photographer for Emmy Award winning student-operated nightly newscast. UMTV, College Park, Maryland September 2003 – December 2003 Producer: Maryland Newsmakers Set-up, conducted, shot and edited interviews for public affairs program. Interviewed top Maryland officials including the Governor, Speaker of the House and State Comptroller. Education: University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland May 2004 Master of Journalism University Fellow, GPA 3.6 Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina May 2003 Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication Summa Cum Laude, Miss Benedict College 2002-2003, GPA 3.9 Awards, Honors & Accomplishments: 2015 Suncoast Emmy-nominee for individual investigative report in the Education/Schools Category 2015 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award recipient for Best TV Newscast Selected as one of Jacksonville’s 2015 Top Women of Influence by Southeast Small Business Magazine Recognized in special feature by Jacksonville Magazine, 2015 News Excellence Award for the story “Teen Spends Almost 3 Years in Jail” from the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists News Excellence Awards, 2013 Serves as a mentor for middle school students in Duval County School district Named an honorary member of the CSX Toastmasters Club REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST