JANEL FORTE

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Relevant Experience

KHOU-TV, Morning Reporter, Houston, TX                                                                                 

January 2018– Present

- Go-to reporter for big breaking news stories during the overnight/morning hours.
- Perform multiple live shots daily; frequently reporting for KHOU at noon, other Tegna
affiliates, and CBS News. 
- The first reporter on air after the Santa Fe HS shooting. Live shots and interviews were
aired on CBS; KHOU later earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for our coverage of the
tragedy.
- Led morning show continued coverage of the 2018 Austin serial bomber, the funerals
for both President George HW Bush and first lady Barbara Bush, the Jazmyn Barnes case,
the ITC fire, and the Maleah Davis case, among many others.
- Produce a personal franchise “Inside Access” where we take viewers behind the scenes of
some of the biggest companies in Houston including NASA, United Airlines, and HEB.

- Created the blueprint for the "HTown60" segment - a heavily produced 60 second interactive piece that can thrive both on air and on digital platforms. The segments are now implemented across the TEGNA brand. 

WLOX News, Anchor/Reporter, Biloxi, MS                                                                                 

October 2015 – December 2017

- Bureau Chief MMJ responsible for gathering and developing news stories out of Jackson County, roughly 30% of our viewing area. 

- Solo anchor and AP the weekend morning shows.

- Exposed misappropriation of funds in a local municipality's public works department that eventually led to an indictment of 2 city employees.

- Anchored wall-to-wall severe weather coverage during Hurricane Nate, and multiple tornado outbreaks on the Gulf Coast - with one broadcast winning an AP Award.

Medill News Service, Reporter, Washington DC                                                                                  

March 2015 – June 2015

- Covered urban affairs as a credentialed reporter in the White House and on Capitol Hill. 
- Bylines for a national audience for clients including USAToday, WKBN-TV, Military Times, Frederick News Post and McClatchy News Bureau. 

 

Medill Reports, Reporter, Chicago, IL                                                                                            

September 2014 – March 2015

- Concentrated on business reporting and analyzing corporate financial statements, the economy, interest rates,  stock, bond and commodity markets, the Federal Reserve, and economic reports.

 

Social Justice News Nexus, Graduate Fellow, Chicago, IL                                                                 

October 2014 – March 2015

- One of six graduate students selected to investigate and report on the link between mental health issues and violence in Chicago.
- Produced a short documentary on one woman’s experience with the closure of her mental health clinic.

 

Newswatch 16 ICTV, Anchor/Reporter, Ithaca, NY                                                                          

September 2013 – May 2014

 

Fox News KDFW, Intern, Dallas Fort Worth, TX                                                                   

May 2013- August 2013

 

The Virginian-Pilot, Intern, Norfolk, VA                                                                                            

January 2013

 

Education 

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, IL                                                              

M.S. Journalism, Broadcast, Business

Edward & Lee Lindhal Scholarship

 

Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ithaca, NY                                                        

B.S. Communication, Media Communication Focus, Sociology Concentration, Law & Society Minor

Dean’s List; W. Keith Kennedy Scholarship; CU Alumni Annual Scholarship; Academic Competitive Grant; Cornell Alumni Federation Scholarship; Judith Pick Eissner Scholarship; William F. Fuerst Scholarship; Joyce & Robert Levy Scholarship

Skills

  • News Productions Software (Avid iNews, AP ENPS)

  • Non-linear Editing (Adobe Premier, Edius, Final Cut Pro)

  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Tumblr)

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