April 18, 2019  

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Southern Miss Graduate DeVoe Joins WKRG as Reporter

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Emily DeVoe

Emily DeVoe a 2014 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, and the winner of a plethora of Associated Press awards for her coverage of the Pine Belt during her time at Southern Miss, recently accepted a job as a reporter with television station WKRG in Mobile, Ala.

Not only was the move a step up in the world of journalism, it was also a homecoming for DeVoe, a Mobile native. “After reporting in Wilmington, North Carolina for a year, I was thrilled with the opportunity to return to the Gulf Coast and work for the news station I grew up watching; WKRG,” she said.

DeVoe is the latest in a long line of accomplished students to have graduated from the award-winning School of Mass Communication and Journalism at Southern Miss, and she credits the school for laying the educational foundation of her success.

Additionally, she says the school also helped to open doors for her in the community and in the workplace, thanks to University’s worldwide network of more than 120,000 alumni, many of whom reside in the Mobile area.

“Besides the obvious reasons – like receiving a great education – being a Golden Eagle makes it easier to walk into a newsroom as ‘the new kid,’ ” DeVoe observed. “There are several USM alumni who work alongside me, and when I venture out into the community to gather stories, the Southern Miss network expands to local business owners, teachers, city leaders, and the list goes on.”

At the end of the day Emily couldn’t be happier with her new job or the path that she took to getting it.

“My Southern Miss experience prepared me for the career I’ve always wanted in more ways than I expected,” she said. “My USM education may have given me the foundation to kick start my career, but the black and gold alumni family provides me with the support I need to excel at it.”