Damany Lewis inspires RTV

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OFFERING CAREER ADVICE: Damany Lewis speaks to RTV students. PHOTO BY KEVIN FLEISCHMAN

Thursday, Sept. 19, Damany Lewis visited Delta College’s Radio Television and Film department (RTV).

Lewis works at KXTV News10, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento as a general assignment reporter during the week and anchor for the weekend newscasts.

OFFERING CAREER ADVICE: Damany Lewis speaks to RTV students. PHOTO BY KEVIN FLEISCHMAN
OFFERING CAREER ADVICE: Damany Lewis speaks to RTV students. PHOTO BY KEVIN FLEISCHMAN

His visit was to talk to students about his career, and to inspire students interested in working in the field of broadcast television after they complete their education.

Lewis talked about the importance of internships stating that the first thing a news director will ask you during an interview is what kind of internships you have done.

Lewis got his start by working in Market 134 for WICD ABC News 15 in Champaign, Illinois as a multimedia journalist.

As a multimedia journalist, he had to be a reporter, camera operator and drive the news van.

Lewis told students they would not make much money early in a the news industry career.

“You will probably be working for peanuts and pretzels.” said Lewis.

That did not stop him from making his dream happen.

Lewis said he made about $16,500 his first year. At that point he decided he needed to move up in the ranks.

Sending his portfolio out to every news station he could think of. Lewis said he did not care where the job was.

“Its much easier today than when I first started out,” Lewis said.

Lewis also made recommendations to students seeking careers in broadcast journalism.

Lewis said when he decides to retire from the news business that he would like to work as a media consultant. But for now he loves his job and the journey to where he is now.