Thursday, May 26, 2022

Meek School of Journalism Alum Appearing on 60 Minutes

courtesy of 60 Minutes Sports
courtesy of 60 Minutes Sports

Meek School of Journalism and New Media alum Sharyn Alfonsi will appear on 60 Minutes this Sunday.

Alfonsi was a broadcast journalism major who graduated from University of Mississippi in 1994. She returned to the University of Mississippi to give the Commencement Speech in 2013 which was named by NPR as one of the best commencement speeches ever.

Her quote was especially favored: “So dream big, but work hard and believe me when I tell you this…there are no shortcuts.”

Dr. Will Norton, Jr., dean of Meek School of Journalism, said, “Sharyn Alfonsi is not only a fine anchor, she is an exceptional reporter. I think you will find that she will be one of the best known broadcast reporters during the coming decades. She is tenacious, and she is fair, and this is what Americans are looking for from a journalist.”

She is the evidence of her advice: she became an Emmy-winning journalist who will debut on 60 Minutes tonight. She tweeted this news twice in the past few days.

The Sunday episode will air at 7:00 p.m. on CBS. Alfonsi speak at length on the troubles the Hurricane Sandy victims came across with insurance. This expansive reporting is a result of her hard work and passion.

After her 1994 graduation, she then began her career in Fort Smith, Arkansas where she worked four positions at KHOG/KHBS-TV as a reporter, weekend weather anchor and a photographer and an editor. Then she worked her way to becoming a CBS News correspondent in 2004 as well as anchoring the CBS Evening News. News stations in her career include Good Morning America and 60 Minutes Sports.

Her noted coverage include travel to the Middle East to cover the conflicts where she skirted fate by experiencing a near-miss in Israel when a missile landed close to her shelter. She also covered known national events such as being the lead reporter for the Virginia Tech Massacre.

Don’t forget to tune in tonight!


Callie Daniels is a staff writer for HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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