Laila Muhammad, Class of '03
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Communication, History
Graduate Degree: Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism ’04 Master of Science, Journalism
Currently: Morning and Noon Anchor at WTKR News Channel
“I was known as ‘the mouth of the south’ in elementary school because I was so loud and talkative. I learned to tone it down a bit after many silent lunches sitting with the principal in the cafeteria. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I realized my gift of gab could work in my favor. I remember finding my passion watching Channel One News in third period. I was fascinated by the reporting and knew then that I wanted to be a news reporter.
Finding the right opportunities was the next step. When Salem College contacted me, I was really interested in how successful many of the communication graduates had become. In just one visit I felt immediately connected. Everyone was so personal and very one-on-one. From the start they really took the time to get to know me and help me.
Between the internships and the incredibly supportive alumnae network, I had a career network in the industry that was far beyond my peers BEFORE I graduated. The network included businesswomen willing to be a reference in key media cities such as New York and LA. Additionally, I was lucky to be paired with Wanda Stark, news anchor at WXII 12 Winston-Salem, in a Salem leadership program. Wanda is still my mentor today.”