I’m Kiya Edwards, just your typical Minnesotan on a journalism journey. I have two mottos:

Say your goals out loud, to everyone, and often.
Switch up your routes, but never your roots.

I intend to work in multimedia for the rest of my life, whether I’m in my hometown or on foreign ground. I’d like to launch a Caribbean media house, and ultimately become a journalism professor.

In 2011, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with B.A. degrees in broadcast journalism and theater arts. That spring, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Minnesota Chapter awarded me a scholarship to pursue media abroad. The money was just enough for a one-way plane ticket and some recommended vaccines.

On September 3rd, I moved to Nairobi, Kenya, without a job lined up and around $400 to my name. On October 10th, I started interning for Africa 24 Media. A few weeks in, I began producing and hosting their new, fashion-themed TV show. In July 2012, I began co-hosting “Africa Journal,” a weekly, internationally aired TV program that features positive happenings from across the continent. I also field produced stories for the show in 11 countries.

The adventure ended more than two years later, in October 2013, when I made the difficult decision to move back to the United States. I recently accepted a video journalist (reporter/photographer) position with KWQC TV-6 News at the Iowa-Illinois border. I will update this blog as I progress in my career, no matter where I am in the world. For simplicity’s sake, my alias remains as:

READ! http://www.kiyainkenya.wordpress.com
WATCH! http://www.kiyaedwards.tumblr.com
LISTEN! http://www.reverbnation.com/kiyaedwards
SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/kiyaedwards
FOLLOW! @KiyaEdwards
SKYPE! kiya.edwards

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Brother Poulmah says:

    Keep it up you doing well……

  2. African in America says:

    This is an awesome site. Keep up the good work. I have two challenges for you though: 1) Go deeper – I want to hear more about who you are and why you wanted to move to Africa in general and Kenya in particular. Mix in stories from your childhood and college that really give me a sense of who you are and what you are getting from your experience 2) More personal – I want to hear specifics about your interactions with individuals throughout your day. A lady you talked to on the bus. Your next door neighbor. The guy that asked you out on a date. What are the daily lives of Africans like? What are their aspirations? What are their fears? What is their perspective on their lives, countries and the continent as whole?

    I look forward to more from you…Good luck!

  3. Brother Poulmah says:

    Hi, I have not seen you lately have you stopped working for news group?.

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