Syan Rhodes reports from Africa - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Syan Rhodes reports from Africa

Memphis,TN – From the bluffs of Memphis to the villages of Tanzania, Action News 5 Anchor/Reporter Syan Rhodes gets the journalistic opportunity of a lifetime.  In a nationwide search, The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has chosen Rhodes as one of four journalists for the NABJ/UN Tanzania Fellowship.

NABJ President Bryan Monroe will lead a delegation of journalists including Action News 5’s Syan Rhodes to the Republic of Tanzania May 5-15 to focus on African health, malaria prevention and other issues.

The trip will honor and reflect on the memory of NABJ member Akilah Amapindi, a recent graduate who had been working on the Student Radio project at the 2005 NABJ Convention in Atlanta . Amapindi died on the last day of the convention after contracting malaria during an earlier visit to Africa .

Rhodes begins her journey along with the rest of the NABJ delegation in New York to meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to discuss his efforts in the region at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 


From there, they will travel to Tanzania to meet with newly-inaugurated Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, tour villages across the region, and meet members of the Pan African and Tanzanian News Agencies.


“Syan is an enthusiastic, reliable and dedicated reporter,” said Peggy Phillip, WMC-TV news director.  “We are proud but not surprised that she was selected by NABJ because she consistently displays the passion and curiosity that make her an excellent journalist.  Her stories will help our viewers have a far better understanding about why we should pay attention to the issues faced by people in Tanzania and Tennessee.”


Rhodes will report on African health issues and has chosen to focus on infant mortality, domestic abuse and HIV/AIDS.  “I hope to use my time in Tanzania to report on these crises that also affect the Memphis community and bring our viewers an African perspective on these problems and their solutions.” 

 “This is a tremendous acknowledgment of Syan’s skills as a professional journalist. All of us at WMC are excited about Syan’s opportunity to bring the story of her travels, observations, and experiences while in Africa back to all of us in the Mid South” said WMC TV-5 Vice President and General Manager Howard Meagle.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this fellowship and grateful to everyone at Action News 5 for allowing me to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity”

Syan Rhodes’ reports from Africa will air on Action News 5 in late May 2006.

WMC TV-5 is owned by Raycom, an employee-owned company, Raycom is one of the nation’s largest broadcasters and currently owns and operates 49 television stations in 22 states. Raycom stations cover more than 12.7 % of U.S. television households and employ 4200 individuals in full and part-time positions.

In addition to television stations, Raycom owns Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company in Charlotte, North Carolina); Raycom Post (a post production facility in Burbank, CA), Broadview Media (a post production/telecommunications company based in Montgomery, AL), and CableVantage (a cable advertising sales group based in Columbia, SC).

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