I AM KUMASI
There is nothing more freeing than being your authentic self. It's a lesson I learned as a Junior at Florida A&M University. I was credits away from earning a degree in accounting, and had just completed a summer internship with Proctor and Gamble. When I got back to campus I knew it was time for a change. Something drew me to the journalism school, and after reading at story from the newsdesk I felt something inside come alive.
I grew up in Sebring, Florida, a small town just outside of Orlando. After graduating from FAMU with my degree in accounting I received an internship at ABC News in New York City, New York. The internship led to a full time position at WABC-TV, where I worked on the assignment desk and with just about everyone in the newsroom. I also worked as a camerawoman with NY1 News, New York City's local cable station. I then accepted a position at NBC Nightly News, where I worked with and learned from the best in the business.
Next, I spent two years at KFSM in Fayetteville, Arkansas, anchoring and reporting on everything from deadly tornadoes to Joplin recovery to a plane crash. I even got the chance to interview President Clinton. Now, I'm back in my home state and closer to family, working as a morning anchor and reporter with WJXT Channel 4, The Local Station in Jacksonville, Florida.
In my time in Jacksonville I've reported on many local and national stories, including the FSU campus shooting, the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the aftermath of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri and the shooting at Mother Emmanuel in Charleston, South Carolina. I've also been able to wear my natural hair on air for the first time in my career!
I love meeting new people, learning from them and their experiences, and then sharing what I've learned through the stories I write and tell. Yes, it's been It's been an exciting journey, and I can't wait to see what else is in store!