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Vanesa Vennard

Highlight

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Grew up in Virginia.
Attended Old Dominion University, where she earned her degree in journalism.
As a student, she wrote for the college paper, Mace & Crown, as the entertainment editor; she got to go to concerts and music festivals to interview bands.
Eventually, she worked her way up to become Editor & Chief of the Mace & Crown.
After graduation, she decided to move to New York City.
Attended The City University of New York where she received her master’s degree in journalism.
Got the opportunity to intern for the New York Daily News where she reported, researched and wrote various articles for the Bronx Bureau.
She now works as an Associate Producer for MSNBC where she has worked on shows such as "The Rachel Maddow Show," "Meet the Press Daily," and, most recently, "The Beat with Ari Melber."
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Career

Associate Producer

I edit video, pitch, and produce segments for "The Beat with Ari Melber" on MSNBC.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Journalism
Television
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

My typical day involves sourcing and editing video, pitching and producing segments for "The Beat with Ari Melber." I manage other editors on staff to be sure everything makes it to air every night. I also produce packages.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Hone your writing skills. Build a really strong support network.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you are interested in journalism, start writing and hone that skill. Write for your school paper or intern for a newspaper. Intern as much as you can in order to figure out what area of journalism that you like.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Maybe TV isn't your thing."

Challenges I Overcame

Relocation
Work Stress
Financial

Interviewed By

Old Dominion University Roadtrip

Old Dominion University Roadtrip

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