Scholarship Winner Highlight: Charlie Kadado

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charliekadado_275Charlie Kadado is the proud recipient of the MAB Foundation Broadcasting Scholarship and is continuing his educational journey at Wayne State University. Read on to learn more about Charlie and why he loves broadcasting…

Current school and expected year of graduation:
Broadcast Journalism major – Wayne State University, Detroit.
Anticipated graduation, December. 2017.

Name of scholarship you received and year it was received:
2016 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Scholarship

Brief resume and educational background:
News Intern, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) – September 2016 to Present
Reporter, Shelby TV (Shelby Charter Township) – January 2015 to Present
UNITY: Journalists for Diversity Reporting Fellow – March 2016 to September, 2016
Assignment Desk Intern, WDIV-TV (Detroit) – May 2016 to August, 2016
Contributing Writer, The South End – August. 2014 to March 2016
Online Editor, Lebanese Examiner – March 2014 to January 2016
Election Tabulator, The Detroit News – November, 2014, November, 2015

Check out Charlie’s online portfolio here.
Check out Charlie’s LinkedIn profile here.

What made you want to pursue broadcasting as a career?
I chose to pursue a broadcasting career because of my curiosity and natural passion for news. As a kid, I used to find news stories in our neighborhood, and “interview” our neighbors for imaginative newscasts. Starting at age 11, I would call local news stations when I’d see or hear a good story. I’ve just always had a strange obsession with news! So much so, I got my first police scanner when I was 14, and couldn’t stop listening. Now, I even keep one in my car in case I hear something newsworthy! It’s strange, I know, but I love it.

What is your favorite class you have taken in school so far and why?
My favorite class is Reporting on Race, Gender and Culture. I’ve enjoyed learning about the diversity challenges facing major newsrooms and the need for proper representation of viewing audiences.

How has the MAB Foundation helped you in your educational journey?
The MAB Foundation has helped me pay tuition and complete my journalism degree on time. I’m very grateful for this scholarship program, and for the generosity of the Foundation’s donors.