TENNIKA SMITH HUGHES
 Resume EXPERIENCE WJAX-TV/WFOX-TV Jacksonville, FL August 2014 – Present Evening Anchor/Reporter 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. WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV Charlotte, NC August 2009 – August 2014 Weekday Morning Anchor/Reporter Anchored daily morning newscasts between 2-5 hours each day at Charlotte’s news leader. Led coverage with strong emphasis on local, hard, breaking news and investigative reporting. Comfortable and compelling when anchoring and reporting. Able to adlib on variety of topics and devise questions for on-air interviews. Pitched enterprise story ideas on a daily basis. Communicated daily with producers & reporters in the field. Served as Fill-in anchor for all evening and weekend newscasts. Strong live reporting skills. ABC 24 WPTY / CW30 WLMT Memphis, Tennessee July 2006 – July 2009 General Assignment Reporter Provided reports for station’s morning, midday and evening newscasts. Enterprised multiple stories daily. “Run-and-gun” breaking news reporting. Multiple live shots daily. Posted content to the website each day. Responsible for weekly “Child Care Report Card” and “Waiting Child” adoption segments. 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. 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 Master of Journalism May 2004 University Fellow, GPA 3.6 Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication May 2003 Summa Cum Laude, Miss Benedict College 2002-2003, GPA 3.9 AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS, & ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2017 Murrow Award Recipient for Overall Excellence in Large Market Television for Region 13 2016 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Evening Newscast) 2016 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Team Coverage) 2015 NATAS Suncoast Emmy nominee (Education/Schools) 2015 Suncoast Emmy-nominee for individual investigative report in the Education/Schools Category 2015 Suncoast Emmy-nominee (for newscast - Spot News on Severe Weather) 2015 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award recipient for Best TV Newscast Winner of 2013 Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists News Excellence Award 2008 Broadcast Media “Making KIDS COUNT Award” from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth for “Child Care Report Card” segment REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST