Senait Gebregiorgis was born and raised in Chicago and is a proud Fighting Illini! She earned her bachelor’s in broadcast journalism with a specialization in African American studies and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2016. As an undergrad she was the publicity chair for the university’s chapter National Association of Black Journalists, where she helped organize community and campus events. Senait has also written for her school newspaper, The Daily Illini, interned at Illinois Public Media WILL (PBS/NPR), and was an on-air personality for WPGU 107.1 Champaign’s alternative radio station. A Resident Advisor for three years, she mentored students and helped foster an inclusive community in dormitories.
Right after earning her bachelor’s from the U of I Senait spent her summer in New York as a fellow at the Knight Foundation and interned at the Harlem Focus, a publication in collaboration with the Amsterdam News and the City College of New York.
After the fellowship she traveled to Washington, DC to cover local news during the NABJ NAHJ 2016 summer convention as a participant in the student projects. During the convention she had the chance to anchor the convention’s newscast at the WJLA-TV ABC 7 Newsroom. She later traveled to Miami, Florida for the NLGJA national convention and media summit to report stories on the LGBTQ community.
Senait clearly has a passion for storytelling and continues to seek ways to immerse herself in the changing digital-media world. She has traveled to various cities and has committed her time to volunteering and giving back to communities, some of which include: Istanbul in Turkey, Catalina Island in California, Selma, Alabama and New Orleans.
During her spare time, she loves listening to music (Beehive President!), dancing, working out, trying new foods, learning new things, editing videos, hanging out with friends and traveling the world. She absolutely loves meeting new people so feel free to send her story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her stories on Facebook and Twitter.