Trang Do, a 2006 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and currently an on-camera reporter for WAFF television in Huntsville, Ala., will speak to the class of 2010 undergraduate Communication majors during their graduation ceremony.
Her comments will be delivered on Sunday, May 16, at 10am in the Harold L. Zellerbach Theatre of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. A total of 121 students will receive their degrees this year. Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.
“It is an absolute honor to come back to Penn and speak before the Annenberg School for Communication’s distinguished faculty, staff, and graduates,” Ms. Do said. “I am excited to be able to share my experiences since graduating four years ago, and how my Penn and Annenberg education has helped me to attain my dream career as a broadcast journalist.”
Ms. Do was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she grew up watching Peter Jennings and dreaming of becoming a broadcast journalist. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Spanish. She then went on to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she earned a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism.
As an undergraduate, she served in an internship at CBS3 KYW-TV in Philadelphia and her involvement in the Asian American Journalists Association solidified her decision to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. At Medill she reported, produced, and anchored a weekly news magazine show for WYCC-TV in Chicago. She also served as the Washington, D.C. correspondent for KTVQ-TV in Billings, MT and WHO-AM in Des Moines, IA. While in the nation's capital, she also spent a summer writing articles for The Herald-Sun in Durham, NC.
Upon graduation from Medill, she received the Harrington Award, the highest honor awarded to a master's journalism student. She was also inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication.