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Career Internships, Hard Work Pay off for May Graduate Brenna Greene

Brenna Greene, sports reporter and weekend sports anchor at KRTV in Great Falls, Montana.

Brenna Greene, weekend sports anchor and reporter at KRTV in Great Falls, Montana.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Brenna Greene, a May graduate of Gonzaga University, credits hard work, several career internships and top-notch contributions to Gonzaga’s broadcast program and the University’s News Service for preparing her to become the weekend sports anchor and reporter at KRTV in Great Falls, Montana.

The Sportscaster Talent Agency of America ranked Greene ninth among the nation’s top collegiate sportscasters of 2014 based on her work. Greene served two internships at KHQ-TV in Spokane and its sister sports network, SWX. Greene, who also interned with Comcast SportsNet Northwest in Portland, parlayed what she learned in internships to acquire paid positions with Gonzaga News Service for two years, and for Eastern Washington University’s athletic department as a commentator and sideline reporter.

“Being able to show employers that I can not only get internships, but also paid positions, was important because of the level of trust that comes with a job,” said Greene, a graduate of Jesuit High School in Portland. “I was able to show not only that I could absorb information, but that I could apply it.”

While she learned much from her internships and jobs, Greene says Gonzaga’s rigorous broadcasting program provided her with the specific skills needed to produce high quality reports. Greene served as anchor and executive producer for sports shows, in addition to hosting a show about Gonzaga women’s basketball team.

“Gonzaga’s broadcasting department was more than a home away from home for me. As I’m sure many of my roommates could confirm, it was my home,” Greene said. “I was constantly in the building working and making sure that I was putting out the best product I possibly could.”

Greene, who is among many Gonzaga graduates who have landed jobs in their disciplines, began applying for positions two months before graduation. Ultimately, however, her hiring by KRTV occurred soon after the station found her through the sportscaster agency.

To chase her dream to become a sportscaster, Greene was willing to travel anywhere in the country, but adds she is grateful for the opportunity to work in Great Falls, home to a number of high schools with strong sports programs, a Pioneer League baseball team and an American West Hockey League.  Great Falls is a few hours drive from the football and basketball programs at University of Montana and Montana State University, and an hour away from Carroll College in Helena.

Best of all, Greene says, Great Falls is not a far drive to Gonzaga.

“I wouldn’t change a thing about my college experience, and I am thankful every day to be able to say, ‘I am a proud Gonzaga alum,” Greene said.

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