As a child, Adam Widener considered becoming a weatherman. As an incoming freshman, he pursued the idea of standing in front of the camera. Now, he works for Channel 15, WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a video journalist.
Mark Mellinger, former adjunct professor in the broadcasting department at HU, helped Widener get his foot in the door at Channel 15 with an internship during his senior year.
Upon graduation and after 10 months of working as a reporter for a station in West Virginia, Widener continued investing in the colleagues he met at Channel 15 and learned about an opening with the station in 2010. He came back to Fort Wayne as its newest hire.
“It was like coming back home,” he said.
As a video journalist, Widener, a 2009 broadcasting graduate, sets up and conducts his own interviews, films the stories, writes and edits his pieces and posts them on the station website — all skills he learned as a broadcast student.
“I basically do everything myself,” he said. “At Huntington, you can’t slip through the cracks. The transition from school to the workplace was made easier because of the opportunities I had at Huntington.”
Widener faces the challenge of doing his best with every story whether it’s a tearful tale of affliction or a celebration of a new economic development in the city. He makes it his goal to get to the heart of every piece.
“There’s a way you go about telling your story,” he said. “You have to know these are not just stories. These are actual people you are interviewing, some of which might be hurting.”
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