As a member of the Curley Class of 2011 and a writer for The Curley Chronicle, Deion indicated in the 2011 CORD that he wanted to “go professional in journalism or broadcasting.” It looks like he is working on his dream.
After graduating from Towson University in December 2015 and interning at WBAL, Deion secured a job at ABC2 as an assignment editor and then as a digital content producer at WJZ-13. In his current job, he works with veteran journalists and meteorologists like Vic Carter, Tim Williams, Marty Bass, Bob Turk, Denise Koch and Mary Bubala. And he really likes the work. “I enjoy listening to stories they share and advice they give about how to survive in the world of journalism,” he says.
He has attended numerous conferences, such as the National Association of Black Journalists in Washington D.C. and New Orleans where he had the chance to meet some of the giants of journalism like April Ryan, who works for CNN and Jay Harris, who works for ESPN. This year he travelled to the west coast and visited Los Angeles.
When reflecting on his Curley years, Deion recounts that the academic curriculum taught him discipline and how to learn, in addition to taking care of himself mentally and physically. “Most importantly,” he insists, “Curley taught me how to be a gentleman. No matter how smart you are or how talented you are, a simple ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ can take you further in your career and life.”
“Curley is a place where teachers care about your education and the Curley community wants the best for you. You can find lifelong friendships with classmates and a high school experience you can reminisce about for the rest of your life.”
One thing Deion has discovered is that learning does not stop. So he tries to read and challenge himself every day. He asserts that “reading allows to me to think better, write better, and live a fulfilling life because books help me understand the world around me.”
You can contact Deion at firstname.lastname@example.org .
In the photo at the top, Deion poses with members of WJZ.
In the photo at the right, Deion stands with fellow Curley alum and journalist, Byron Pitts '78.