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: