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Campus Celebrity: Zeban Jaggi

Student Zeban Jaggi is one of two students this year who were selected to become a reporter on Suffolk in the City, a segment on New England Cable News (NECN) Morning Show where students work on weekly story pitches with NECN producers, tape person-on-the-street interviews, edit their footage into tv-ready packages, and participate in live Q&As with NECN anchors. Students go through a rigorous audition process to be a part of the program, a partnership between Suffolk’s Studio 73 and NECN that has given valuable career opportunities to alumni who have previously participated with the program. Here’s a little bit more about Zeban!

Year of Graduation: 2015

Major: Double majoring in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism

Age: 21

Hometown: Framingham, MA

What was your favorite course at Suffolk University?

Really any journalism or government course… I hate math.

What is your favorite part about studying at Suffolk University?

The campus because there isn’t one. I never want to go to a college with a campus.

Where is your internship?

I’ve been an intern for Suffolk in the City for 6 months. I got introduced to NECN through my high school where I was lead reporter during my senior year, during which I won an Emmy. Last year, I was a newsroom intern at NECN for 2 months and then I was a Morning Show intern. I helped check facts with other news stations, check newsroom scripts, write stories and attended station meetings. NECN recommended that I audition for Suffolk in the City.

What sparked your interest in broadcast journalism?

I’ve wanted to be a news anchor since I was four. Before then I wanted to be an actress but my parents said no, so I decided to be a news anchor. They are so proud of me and they wake up early just to watch my news show.

What is the most challenging part of it for you?

Seeing all the competition, how much work it takes, and how many years the process will take.

Are you a part of any clubs on campus?

I am apart of Theta Phi Alpha, Caption of Bhangra, and the President of the South Asian Student Association.

What are your plans after Suffolk?

Either law school or working towards getting my masters in Political Science. I want to be a political analyst for a news station.

Ellie Hawkins is a graduate of Suffolk University. She received a BA with Magna Cum Laude honors in print journalism. Ellie is an alumni of Theta Phi Alpha-Gamma Lambda chapter. During her time at Suffolk she was involved with The Suffolk Journal and the Journey Program. Journey is a leadership program that focuses on four focal points: leadership training, involvement, career exploration and service. She volunteered at the Paulist Center Soup kitchen and is still doing so today. Ellie recently went to El Salvador, in January, to help with Habitat for Humanity through her schools Alternative Winter Break program. Ellie enjoys photography, skiing, golf, and watching movies in her free time. Ellie is fortunate enough to live in one of the best cities in the world: Boston. This city provides her with many opportunities from having a marketing internship at the Franklin Park Zoo to taking long walks on the Charles river and exploring the city. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid in the summer of 2013 at the other Suffolk University location. My dream job is to either travel while writing about the different experiences I have or have a job at Discovery Communications in the PR department.
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