Alumni in 5

Vicki Zwart '92

Vicki Zwart '92

Interest Area(s)
Multimedia Journalism

Employer
Writer/Producer

1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
I spent 25+ years working in TV news, mainly as a producer/executive producer of morning shows in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Grand Rapids. Since leaving the news business, I have become a full-time writer/producer, creating written and video content for online platforms. I'm currently ghostwriting a book for a Chicago media personality.

2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
I was lucky enough to snag a reporting internship my first semester at the University's public radio station. I continued to work there until I graduated, covering stories all over the area. One of my all-time favorite experiences was attending Nelson Mandela's visit to Tiger Stadium in 1990.

3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
I have two: 1) "Go with your gut." Mine never fails me. And 2) "Think big." When you're working in TV (and really in life), you always want to have more/do more than the competition in good ways - keeping in mind your values and ethics at all times of course.

4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand Valley experience.
Life-changing, enriching, and challenging

5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I would like to use my writing and producing skills to help tell important stories about people doing good works around the world.

February 2021

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