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ETSU Energize: 3 Energizing Perspectives on TV News

Speakers: Kristen Quon, PJ Johnson, Ricky Matthews

Date: Thursday, February 28 / 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Sherrod Library / Room 309


PJ Johnson

PJ anchors the weekday 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts on WCYB and the 10 p.m. newscast on Fox Tri-Cities. PJ joined WCYB in 1995 as Sports Director. He now anchors News 5 at 5:00 and 6:00 with Julie Newman and News 5 on Fox at 10 p.m. with Rebecca Pepin. PJ was born in Elizabethton and grew up in North Carolina. He majored in Speech and Journalism at East Tennessee State University. PJ began his journalism career at WCYB-TV. He worked at stations in Massachusetts, Texas and South Carolina before returning to the Tri-Cities. An award winning reporter, PJ was named best anchor by the Associated Press in 2016 by both Virginia and Tennessee.

Kristen Quon

Kristen Quon is the 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Weekend Anchor/Reporter for WCYB-TV.

Kristen is a Savannah, Georgia native but moved to Johnson City to study journalism at Milligan College. While in school, she interned with PBS in Washington D.C. Kristen began working for WCYB in 2014 as a producer and reporter. In 2015, Kristen accepted a position at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office where she served as the Public Information Officer for two years. She graduated the Blount County Regional Law Enforcement Police academy in 2016.

Ricky Matthews

Ricky Matthews is the weekend evening meteorologist and Sky 5 Drone Pilot at News 5 WCYB. Ricky graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he got his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. While in school, Ricky interned at WTKR NewsChannel 3, Time Warner Cable News and NBC Charlotte. Growing up on the coast, he has experienced several hurricanes, and the communication issues that existed with Sandy peaked Ricky’s interest in the social science of weather. To him, you have to communicate the forecast well for people to understand it. It’s not enough to just get the numbers right.