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HBCU Grad Purchased a TV Station in Georgia; Started With Only a Cell Phone and Facebook Live

Once an intern, April Ross now owns the very news station she worked at. Her latest venture to report news began after college when she went live from her cell phone to stream shocking news.

Recent communications grad, April Ross bought WJCN TV-33 this past May. Based in LaGrange, Georgia, the station is live on air through Spectrum, 24/7 throughout hundreds of thousands of households and broadcasted in 11 counties located in both West Georgia and East Alabama. Ross majored in communications and obtained her industry experience as an entry-level behind-the-scenes production assistant.

“What is ironic is when I was a student at Alabama State University, I actually interned at WJCN, and now, I own it,” Ross also told ASU.

In 2017, Ross worked as a reporter for CBS affiliate WRBL News-3 when she encountered an incident wherein a deputy sheriff was shot. When she realized there were no reporters to cover the story, she did an exclusive live report in the area on social media. Watch her story here:



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