FAU Alumna Honored at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Florida Atlantic University alumna Emiliana Molina recently received the Deborah Orin Scholarship from the White House Correspondents’ Association.

From left to right: President Barack Obama, Emiliana Molina, Jasmine Monet Ellis, Misha Euceph, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo © Mary F. Calvert. Used with permission.


By kelsie-weekes | 5/12/2016

Florida Atlantic University alumna Emiliana Molina recently received the Deborah Orin Scholarship from the White House Correspondents’ Association. Molina, a 2013 graduate of FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, accepted the award at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner where she met U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

“It was such an adrenaline rush to be able to chat with them for a couple minutes,” said Molina. “I also got to hang out with celebrities like Rachel McAdams, Will Smith and Kerry Washington.”

Molina, a native of Medellin, Colombia, is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a Medill reporter, she covered the Iowa caucuses and various presidential candidates. Her career goal is to become a political reporter.

While at FAU, Molina interned for NBC Universal/Telemundo 51 and worked at iHeartMedia. She also served as news director of the student-run television station, Owl TV.

“I was able to produce news shows, report from the field, and manage a team of volunteer reporters,” she said. “OWL TV gave me a hands-on learning experience, and spurred my passion for journalism.”

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