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Internship Profile: Trever Sheets, KDKA-TV

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Point Park University student Trever Sheets is an intern at KDKA-TV in Downtown Pittsburgh. Photo | Shayna Mendez

Meet Trever Sheets, Newsroom Intern at KDKA-TV

MajorBroadcast Reporting
Graduating: December 2016
Previous internships: NEP Broadcasting, PantherVision (University of Pittsburgh Athletics), Steel City Media  
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. 
High school: Pittsburgh Perry High School
College activities: U-View, WPPJPittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing
Hobbies/interests:  Softball, ultimate Frisbee, watching movies, traveling, sports, reading
LinkedInTrever Sheets
Twitter:  @thetrev1987
Favorite quote: "I took the one less traveled by and it has made all the difference." — Robert Frost

How did you land your internship with KDKA-TV?

I had been wanting to work for KDKA-TV for several semesters, but did not have the opportunity to do so. I saw the opening on their website, immediately applied and was contacted to come in for an interview.

"My responsibilities change every day at KDKA. I've gone out with reporters and photographers to cover a wide variety of stories ... I've really enjoyed that I get to do so many different things."

-- Trever Sheets


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What's a typical day like at KDKA?

My responsibilities change every day at KDKA. I've gone out with reporters and photographers to cover a variety of different stories — ranging from a press conference with Coach Pat Narduzzi (Pittsburgh Panthers) to a feature on a farm animal sanctuary in Wexford, and many others in between. I assisted with the Pennsylvania Senate debate held at KDKA and also with their magazine show Your Pittsburgh.

Additionally, I had the chance to represent KDKA at the PA Attorney General debate hosted in Point Park's Center for Media Innovation Nov. 2; it was somewhat surreal. I said hello to my classmates, but instead of coordinating with them I was working with the photographer from KDKA and Jon Delano, money and politics editor at KDKA, who served as the moderator. I felt like I was coming full circle and it was a gratifying experience.

What have you enjoyed the most at this internship?

I've really enjoyed that I get to do so many different things in a day. I want to work in sports production so I've enjoyed covering Pitt Football and the Pittsburgh Steelers, not to forget getting to interview Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin when they were practicing as part of team Russia for the World Cup of Hockey. 

Why would you recommend Point Park to a prospective student?

Point Park is a place where you can get involved in any of the student media groups beginning day one. With WPPJ, I've had the opportunity to host my own radio show and the morning show, and also served as the general manager of the station. With U-View, I went from being a camera operator to producing a live show that was more than five hours. There are a range of opportunities available to students, especially when you get involved in your first year. 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Do something that you love to do. I do not regret any of the decisions I have made to get me to where I am, but doing something that you love makes everything worth it. Including that 8 a.m. class or staying up all night to finish a project. I appreciate every opportunity I have had at Point Park, but I also recognize the fact that if I hadn't worked hard, none of these opportunities would have been there for me.

Photo by Shayna Mendez, senior photojournalism major

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