Gigi began her reporting career at The Miami Herald, but after a few years working primarily in newspaper and public television, she decided to pursue a career in TV news. Gigi began her television training at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. While there, she covered the nation’s capital for the Medill News Service. She also worked in general assignment and health news for TV3 News in Dublin, where she gained the distinction of being the first black journalist to report for a commercial television station in Ireland.
After graduation, Gigi moved to Mobile, Ala. where she covered the education beat at WPMI-TV. In Mobile she also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of South Alabama. Since her arrival in Baltimore, she has worked as a fill-in announcer on The Donnie Simpson Show on WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C. and as a professor at Morgan State University.
Gigi has a B.A. in Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University, as well as an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism, where she was the first Hope Bartlett Scholar. A graduate of the Poynter Institute, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. When she’s not in front of the camera, Gigi loves to read, travel and sew.
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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is outlining a multimillion dollar expansion of the state’s pre-K program. State lawmakers say they want more of the youngest students in class sooner.
Testing for testing sake. That’s what some state school leaders are saying about the Maryland assessment test for students.
A special food bank that provides meals to animals is in dire need. The “Thankful Paws” program is the state’s only mobile pet food bank.
Title lost. The five-year No.1 education ranking for Maryland schools is over. The national magazine that ranks districts is changing the way it selects the best schools.
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