KCRA 3 News anchor shares her story being a journalist


Emanuel Espinoza

A KCRA 3 anchor came to campus and spoke to students and faculty on Tuesday in the Winn Center. KCRA 3 anchor and award-winning journalist Brandi Cummings (left) shares one of her stories in her life using it as an example of a lesson or obstacle that she encountered and overcame.

A KCRA 3 anchor came to campus and spoke to students and faculty on Tuesday in the Winn Center.

The event was part of the Women’s History Month series and was hosted by History Professor Diana Reed and Anthropology Professor Anastasia Panagakos. Award-winning Journalist Brandi Cummings shared her journey as a journalist.

“Sometimes it’s not necessarily what you want that is for you, but sometimes your path just kind of finds you if you will,” Cummings said.

Cummings brought to light her experience being a woman in her profession.

“I think that women bring a certain perceptive to the stories we cover and the way we tell those stories,” Cummings said. “We deal with sensitive topics, no matter what those topics may be, sometimes it needs a woman’s touch.”

She continued her speech by talking about the job of being a journalist.

“I think you have to have a genuine like for people or at the very least a genuine care for people because at the core of what we do, we’re public servants,” Cummings said.

Cummings talked about the responsibilities of being a journalist.

“Our role, our job is to go to places that the average citizen may never talk to, but to take those issues to those people to resolve it, to get an answer or to get it fixed,” Cummings said.

Classes from television and film production attended the event and expressed their enjoyment of what they learned from Cummings.

“Brandi Cummings’s experience was that you can still end up where you want or need to be, even if it didn’t happen the way that you expected,” said 30-year-old film production and television production major Arian Monroe.

Monroe said she enjoyed learning about the journey through Cummings’s life.

“I think it turned out really well. There was a lot of useful information and it was relayed in an interesting manner,” Monroe said.

The event had about 70 people in attendance to begin with as more trickled in throughout the event.

“This is our first year back to having in-person events for Women’s History Month,” Reed said. “I think it was a great turnout.”

Reed said the event was to empower women.

“This event empowered women by featuring a woman who told her story of how she had to be really persistent, tenacious, creative and resourceful in achieving all of these great accomplishments in her professional life,” Reed said.

Reed said that Cummings’s advice she gave can apply to anyone.

“I think she gave some really good advice to the audience that can really apply at any stage of life or any stage of someone’s education or career,” Reed said.