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Quini Amma

Multimedia Journalist
Rockford, IL
Quini Amma

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED: Born in Iraq, raised in Turkey and moved to Chicago when I was 5

WHAT COLLEGE DID YOU ATTEND AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR: Undergrad Columbia College Chicago: Broadcast Journalism // Grad School Loyola University: Digital Storytelling and Writing

WHY DID YOU GET INTO THE NEWS (OR SPORTS) BUSINESS/BECOME A JOURNALIST: Without news, we would be very lost as to what is going on in the world, news helps connect everyone together, I help bridge that gap between information and the people in the community.

THING ABOUT BEING A JOURNALIST: All the different types of people I get to meet during my stories and the ability to use my creativity to put together informative stories

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A JOURNALIST AND A TELEVISION STATION IN OUR COMMUNITY: To inform and help prepare the community for the day/week

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK: Read, try different restaurants, blog, take photos of sunsets/lakes/rivers/colorful skies I usually stop the car jump out and snap a quick photo or stop doing whatever I'm doing to capture certain things/items I love when a certain picture takes me back to a moment or time in life

WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON/PEOPLE – OR ANIMAL - IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY: My mom and dad inspire me because we went from being homeless sleeping in random houses/fields/underneath trees and eating leftovers from the streets to coming to America and pushing me to get an education and graduating and getting a career.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: I was an intern for Judge Mathis TV, very long time ago, I remember running to Jewel to get him blueberries right before the show started.

WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY: My professors at Loyola University. Specific professors believed in me, even on the days I didn't have the courage to believe in myself.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DRINK: Strawberry Dragon refresher from Dunkin Donuts. It's seasonal so I make sure I get one every day!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DINNER ENTREE: nothing like a Ribeye Steak, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Corn

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESSERT: Take some vanilla ice cream, smash some graham crackers in it, melt some marshmallows and sprinkle chocolate chips on it. Try it, thank me later.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY AND WHY: Mother's Day, drawing a smile on mama's face means the world to me.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON AND WHY: Fall, life just looks so magical, vibrant and alive.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT: Not into sports, but if I were to choose one it would be football.

NAME THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES: Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent, The Next Three Days

NAME YOUR FAVORITE BOOK/AUTHOR: The Secret

WHAT IS THE MOST DARING THING YOU’VE DONE: Leaving a comfortable job to follow my dreams/goals (the road to the unknown)

Education
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Loyola University
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