By Emma Herro, Risk & Crisis Communication ’20
Celeste Harms is graduating this May after majoring in Journalism & Media Production, with an emphasis in Broadcast News and minoring in Business Administration. After researching “top communication schools” online, she noticed that Murrow College consistently appeared in her searches, and she decided this was the school she had to go to. There was one thing that immediately caught her eye about Murrow College: the endless opportunities to gain hands-on experience.
“From award-winning student organizations like Cable 8, to competitive programs like Backpack Journalism, to fantastic courses like Murrow News 8, I knew I could get hands-on experience in journalism and broadcasting early on in my college career.”
Celeste is the Vice President of Marketing & Alumni Affairs for Cable 8 Productions. She is also a member of the WSU Honors College and the Delta Gamma sorority, where she served as the VP of membership. Throughout her college experience at WSU, she served as an Honors College Student Mentor, Cougar Connector (Student Ambassador & Tour Guide), and LAUNCH Ambassador. Her prior positions in Cable 8 included being on-camera talent, as well as Executive CFO and Assistant Director of the original “The Fratchelor” Cable 8 series.
Since joining the Murrow College, Celeste has been able to strengthen her AP writing skills, create and edit content using software like Adobe Premiere Pro, and report on camera for Murrow News 8 as a news anchor, weatherwoman, and producer. She’s also confident working under deadline and producing her own news packages from beginning to end all thanks to her time at Murrow.
“I’ve taken classes from great professors, brought content to life through Cable 8 Productions, and learned about everything from running a digital public relations campaign to producing a 30-minute live-to-tape newscast.”
In addition, Celeste loves the sense of community she feels from her professors and peers, and appreciates that everyone supports one another to succeed.
“I have spent many nights editing news packages in Jackson Hall until 4:00 am, but most of those nights have been spent working alongside my passionate and driven peers,” Celeste said. “Students and faculty alike are constantly supporting you and pushing you to reach your full potential.”
Celeste is currently applying for post-graduation jobs. She hopes to land a job in the broadcast journalism industry, either as an on-camera multimedia journalist or a podcast producer. Her dream job is to be a morning talk show host, and she’s inspired by dynamic female hosts like Savannah Guthrie and Sara Haines. Her time at Murrow has made her confident that this can become a reality someday.
“Murrow has given me the experiences, knowledge and confidence to be successful in the industry!”