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From career to class

Kimberly King
By Laiteisha Dobbins

She worked for ESPN and ABC, coordinated press conferences and logistics for the suspense-filled Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 and anchored scores of major-market radio broadcasts.

By anyone's yardstick, Kimberly King, BSC '87, known to her fans as Kim Fox, was in the midst of a thriving broadcast career.

"We were producing live shows. You could anticipate a lot of things, but you never knew what was going to happen," says King, who worked most recently for WCPN public radio and WVIZ public television, both in Cleveland. "You were in an environment that you couldn't control. It was great."

She loved the excitement of the nonstop newsroom, where the world was her teacher. But after 13 years of experience, she began to think something was missing. In the end, the news veteran traded in her studio fame and again became a full-time Bobcat, this time to earn her master of arts degree in public broadcasting.

"I was really pushed by a co-worker," King says. "He saw the advertisement on an internal job board and mentioned the public broadcasting program and fellowship."

"I'm not sure if I was more excited at the thought of returning to school or going back to Ohio University," King says.

In addition to her studies, the graduate student also offers advice to the Black Student Communications Caucus, an organization she led as an undergraduate; works as an assistant producer for WOUB-TV's Newswatch and a reporter and anchor for WOUB radio; helps students produce 'Sauti,' a weekly African-American affairs TV program on WOUB-II; serves as vice chair of the Ohio University Alumni Association's board; and co-publishes CleveEvents, a weekly e-list of events in Cleveland. And she's the mother of 20-year-old Kaleshia, who lives in Akron, Ohio.

So what's next for this nontraditional student?

"Ideally I'd like to produce a sports- or entertainment-related show, documentaries or radio features," King says.

It's a good bet King, armed with a master's degree once she completes her studies this summer, can accomplish that, and then some.

Laiteisha Dobbins MS '03 is graduate student writer for Ohio Today

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