The name Amani Abraham may sound familiar to many people in the area as she is an award winning news anchor with WKYC TV. In 2011, Abraham began her career as a news anchor for 94.9 WQMX with the Wynn and Wilson Show with Rubber City Radio. In 2011, she was named a Woman to Watch by the Women's History Project in Akron. She has also been recognized, receiving first place for Best Reporter by the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association.
Year graduated: 2007
Favorite subject at Green High School (GHS): Media Productions/Video Journalism
Postsecondary education: University of Akron, Dual Degree: Bachelor of Arts in News (Journalism)/Radio and TV
Hobbies: Visiting local coffee shops, spending time with family/friends and traveling (when I get a chance)!
Favorite memory about high school
I didn’t have a single favorite memory, but I truly loved discovering the unknown. Whether it was a simple project in class – or getting involved with school events. I enjoyed learning new things and finding a new challenge to overcome. Speaking at my high school graduation was a memory I’ll never forget. It meant a lot to me for my family to see me address my graduating class in 2007.
How did Green High School shape me into the person I’ve become:
Like a lot of kids, much of my time was spent at school. My teachers, classmates and close friends helped me to find a new perspective on my future. I’m thankful I was able to surround myself with people who pushed and challenged me to go outside my comfort zone. It helped to push past my fear of public speaking.
Funny or embarrassing moment in high school?
Too many to count!
At 17-years-old, what did I think I would be doing?
I knew I wanted to get involved in Radio/TV Broadcasting. One of my main goals was to become a storyteller; someone who could find the stories in our community that could help to change someone’s life. Being able to work as a journalist in my hometown has been a blessing. I look forward to what’s next!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Meeting new people. This is truly a beautiful thing, especially when you’re able to be a journalist in your hometown. It’s not just meeting people you interview for a story, but also those who reach out to you after your story is published. Hearing from those who have been positively impacted by an interview/story is incredible.
When it is all said and done what is the legacy you have left behind?
The legacy I hope to leave behind is the power behind making a positive difference in someone’s life. Whether that’s through telling a story or volunteering, it’s the actions behind the camera or pen that are most important.