Student Profiles

Ardath Osborne

Ardath Osborne

Quick Facts

Hometown: Berkley Springs, W.Va.
Status: Junior
Major: Television Journalism
Role: Student Contributor

Q: What are your work experiences in the field of journalism?
A: I serve as News Director at U92, WVU’s college radio station, for the 2012-2013 school year. I will hold the position for the 2013-2014 school year as well. I interned for West Virginia Public Broadcasting in the summer of 2011 as a feature reporter for the Eastern Panhandle. I took a communications internship with Single Homelessness Project in London, England in the summer of 2012. I operate cameras and log footage for Mountaineer Sports Network for all DI sports at WVU during the school year.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I swim and compete for Mountaineer Swim Club. I love to travel and find new things to do in the Morgantown area.

Q: What are your long term goals?
A: I’m not sure if I’ll take the graduate school route or try my hand in getting a job right out of college. I do know I want to work in public broadcasting and preferably radio. My dream is to work for NPR. My love for the outdoors also leads me to the dream of working at Discovery Communications one day. I want to tell the stories of those who aren’t heard, show the beauty of the world, and capture the moments that mean the most.

Q: What are the challenges and rewards of telling multimedia stories in West Virginia?
A: I’ve grown up in West Virginia. I’ve experienced the state’s beauty as well as its self-destruction first hand. As a young journalist in college, it’s hard to see some West Virginians refuse changes that will ultimately help them and the generations to come. It’s frustrating to see people in rural parts of the state suffer from poverty, poor healthcare and a struggling education system. West Virginia is not unique in these problems, but the hardships of its people should not be ignored. I struggle with being objective at times because I feel so passionate about my state. West Virginia Uncovered is unique in that I have the ability to travel and touch on these issues all over West Virginia. It’s a truly rewarding class because I find so many people who love the state, love their homes, and the way they live. I find people who are fighting to improve their situations and their communities. I find people who are uniquely amazing in their work, beliefs and hobbies. I’m honored to be part of a class that tells these people’s stories- stories that need to be heard.