Wenatchee High School alumnus receives paid internship

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Wenatchee High School alumnus receives paid internship

Bryce Newberry co-hosts Arizona State's

Bryce Newberry co-hosts Arizona State's "Cronkite Cut." Photo courtesy of Cronkite Cut.

Bryce Newberry co-hosts Arizona State's "Cronkite Cut." Photo courtesy of Cronkite Cut.

Bryce Newberry co-hosts Arizona State's "Cronkite Cut." Photo courtesy of Cronkite Cut.

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Most people don’t get calls from halfway across the country while they’re in the middle of an exam. Most people don’t get that call to hear that they’ve been accepted into a three-month  internship. Most people — let alone most college freshmen — don’t have an opportunity for an internship that will not only be paid, but would put them a step closer to a dream job.

Bryce Newberry is not most people.

Newberry, a member of Wenatchee High School’s graduating class of 2015 and a former online editor of The Apple Leaf, received a paid summer internship with the TODAY show starting in the first week of June. He will be leaving his campus on Arizona State University and traveling to Los Angeles as the show’s only West Coast intern.

There have been some people in my life — in Wenatchee — that truly believed and supported me in journalism. Now I’m taking that support and using it to do something I’ve only dreamed of.”

— Bryce Newberry, WHS alumnus

Three weeks after meeting NBC recruiters and filling out an application, a voicemail follow-up led Newberry to find that he had been accepted for a position. He will be working alongside seven producers and four correspondents. Though Newberry said in an interview that he is in the dark as to how the show’s internship works, his initial reaction was one of extreme excitement.

“I’m not sure what to expect at all. But I’m looking forward to working with people who are passionate and professional in the media, and learning from them,” Newberry said.

In the future, Newberry hopes to use his internship and other past journalism  experiences to accomplish one of his dream jobs — either becoming a news chief correspondent for the court systems, or “doing anything Ryan Seacrest does.” Newberry is grateful to all of his past journalism experiences; besides being part of his résumé, they are a part of his life that can only help him do greater.

“There have been some people in my life — in Wenatchee — that truly believed and supported me in journalism,” Newberry said. “Now I’m taking that support and using it to do something I’ve only dreamed of.”

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