SOC Welcomed Alumna Kristen Hunter as Fall 2014 Commencement Speaker
From television news to police work, this past fall’s commencement speaker’s career illustrates the wide variety of positions available to communication graduates.
An East Carolina University alum, Kristen Hunter has lived and worked in Greenville for approximately eight years. She graduated with honors from the School of Communication in 2010 and has worked in the communications field ever since. Currently, Hunter serves as the Public Information Officer for the Greenville, NC Police Department – a position she has held since December of 2013.<spanmargin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal”=””><spanmargin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal”=””><span; “=””> She received the opportunity to move in front of the camera in 2011, when she was hired to work as a reporter and anchor for WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC. During her time at WNCT, Hunter covered a wide variety of issues ranging from an active shooter situation to ongoing cancer drug shortages within local hospitals. Some of her most memorable experiences include reporting from the frontlines of several major hurricanes along the eastern North Carolina coast. Hunter’s work has earned her four Associated Press awards.
Whether she’s on camera or coordinating coverage for the Greenville Police Department, Hunter will always have a place in her heart for ECU. “Many people refer to East Carolina University as ‘Pirate Nation’.” That title couldn’t be more appropriate. Long after exams are over and the scoreboard at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium fades, the pride you have in your university will remain,” Hunter said.
According to Hunter, the communication field is fast paced and cut-throat at times, but she points out, there are always opportunities for those who have a true passion for their work and a will to succeed. While Hunter has often been on camera both as a television news anchor and in her current position, she has found that her interaction with people in the community is the most rewarding. “The smallest things are often the most rewarding — sharing a hug with the mother of a murder victim after you announce detectives have solved the case or a note from an 8-year-old describing the tour you gave them as the ‘greatest day of their life’. Knowing you have impacted one person’s life for the better, no matter how small, makes everything worth it,” Hunter emphasized.