Karysa Kent, '15
Karysa Kent, a junior communication major from Warsaw, Ohio, chose Muskingum after researching and “[falling] in love with their creative programs in media.” The opportunity to have hands-on experience beginning in her freshman year was valuable for Karysa, who was already looking down the road to her goal of becoming a broadcaster.
“I started Orbit TV and the Black & Magenta the first semester my freshman year and I was so happy that I was able to walk in and start up immediately! Then I started WMCO radio training fall semester of my sophomore year and had my first show the following semester.”
Karysa’s interest in journalism – particularly investigative journalism – began with a class she took in high school. She chose Muskingum because she felt it was a good place to pursue her dream, and that initially motivated her involvement in the Communication and Journalism Departments. However, Karysa now says, “The reason I got involved was because of my dream of being an investigative reporter, but the reason I stayed involved was because the professors and students that I work with daily made me feel accepted. I love having this creative learning experience and feeling comfortable [asking questions of] the staff members and [other] students.”
Karysa enjoys all journalistic mediums but can’t select a favorite. She enjoys different aspects of each one: “I like all three…mediums [newspaper, radio and television] for different reasons. For the B&M, I like that I can report and collect information to create a story. I like going out and getting the pictures, video and, audio to bring someone’s story to life and then hopefully that person can feel proud of them self and feel like they matter. For Orbit TV, I love getting in front of the camera, reporting on events and news that people are wanting to know more about. I also like editing video footage to create a way for people to see how events went and recreate the atmosphere from that event. With WMCO, I love having control over my own show. I like playing the music of my choice, choosing what news I want to read, and what personal segment I want to share with the listeners.”
In addition to working as a television anchor and radio DJ, Karysa serves as treasurer of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and works as a Residence Assistant (RA).