So where, exactly, is Tahira Allen today, one year after graduation and just 23 years of age?
Her strong academic performance, her prior D.C. experience, and her UGA recommendations and connections – the robust Bulldog network that comes through time and time again for fellow grads – earned Tahira an internship at Voice of America in the nation’s capital. Soon after, she got hired permanently.
“The Media Resources Team at Voice of America (VOA) is a group of individuals who work in conjunction with the reporters and producers,” Tahira explained of her job. “Our duties include cutting video clips and soundbites for broadcasts. We monitor daily news feeds, government briefings and stakeouts, and political news. We log live and pre-recorded events while managing interview requests from reporters in more than 40 different language services.
“The team follows live reporting from our partners Associated Press and Reuters to bring breaking international news to an audience of more than 200 million people.”
Even more impressive? When the team leader of her group moved on to CNN, Tahira was promoted to succeed her. She now orchestrates the reporting of a team of nine that gathers information from the White House, Pentagon, State Department, and other areas of government.
“I am, in a sense, the face of the Media Resources Team now,” Tahira said. “Reporters and duty editors approach me, and I have a voice in our content.”
In a way, she’s a cheerleader again – this time cheering for our country.
“Thanks to my UGA experience, I have an understanding of what I am reporting, of the climate of the events and issues around the world,” Tahira said.
“I am able to add the knowledge gained from my degree when covering stories that go deeper than breaking news, when I’m really looking at the impact and implications of decisions reported around the world.”