Journalism has led Michelle Baik around the world and, as of August 2019, to Madison as a multi-media journalist/reporter.
Michelle was born in South Korea, was raised in Maryland, and has lived in Florida. Her journey in news really began in Chicago. She loved living there—graduating with honors from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and international studies.
While a student, Michelle worked for The Today Show in New York and in PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The latter opportunity was her most memorable, month-long adventure yet-- packed with translating Korean for her news heroes, walking on Olympic snow and ice, and driving around her home country with gold medalists in her van.
Thailand was another major pit stop. She contributed to a local news organization, learning how to share stories that can move across cultures and even languages. Back in the States, Michelle reported for WMTV’s then sister-station, CBS19 News in Charlottesville, Virginia. There she, most notably, focused on an incoming gas pipeline that divided a rural community. Through her series, she received a collegiate award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
On the Northwestern campus, Michelle also witnessed how the news can powerfully impact not only those who are watching, but also those who the stories are about. She received a Midwest Emmy for her story on the support group made up of the few tradeswomen at her school.
With each new city, Michelle has lived by the motto of falling in love with the community. She’s doing that in Madison by checking out eateries, journaling at coffee shops, and enjoying live music.
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