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Michelle Z Walker
As a multimedia specialist, Michelle reports on and produces on-air and online features, often with a cultural or environmental focus. She also serves as editor of WFIT's website. In addition, she leads WFIT’s internship program, providing students with a comprehensive public radio experience.
Michelle was born and raised in sunny Florida. Before joining the WFIT team, she spent several years living and working nomadically in remote locations across the country. She has zigzagged the U.S. traveling out to the redwood forests of California, over to the tip of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire and many places in-between.
Eventually Michelle found her way back to Florida. She wandered into WFIT one fateful day, beginning her career at the station as a volunteer. She was thrilled to join the staff in early 2011 as a project coordinator. During this time, she began producing WFIT’s International Student Spotlight, an ongoing series dedicated to celebrating college campus diversity. Working with the students on this series has provided Michelle with glimpses into cultures of such far flung places as Ethiopia, Brazil, India, China, Saudi Arabia and Trinidad. Her work on this series earned WFIT a 2011 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award in audiovisual communication.
Another highlight of Michelle’s career at WFIT was her coverage of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. She hiked along with expedition members at different points throughout their journey, back country camping and experiencing wild Florida.
Michelle has fallen in love with the creative storytelling process and looks for any opportunity to evolve as a reporter/producer. In 2012 she was selected among ten other up-and-coming public radio reporters to participate in Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) reporter training at WHYY in Philadelphia. She also regularly participates in NPR training webinars.
Michelle has a passion for traveling and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.