BY C.S. HOWARD
Stefanté Shamir Randall recently located to Mason City, Iowa where she began her career at News Station KIMT 3 as a news reporter/ multi-media journalist. She joined the station in February of this year. Most recently, she worked at WWSBABC 7 in Sarasota as a web producer, and wrote daily stories for the website, coordinated story coverage with reporters and engaged the ABC 7 audience through social media outlets.
Stefanté i s a 2008 graduate of Palmetto High School where she was senior class vice president, member of the Student Government Association, Class Cabinet, and a member of the varsity track and field and varsity girls basketball teams. She was also a graduation speaker. She continued her education at State College of Florida where she received an A.A. degree, and went on to the University of South Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. While at USF, she worked with the USF Athletics and Marketing Department and had an opportunity to interview players and coaches on and off the field and assisted with all game promotions.
In May 2013, Stefanté received her Broadcast News Certification from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Tampa. After completing her certification, she interned at WTSP Channel 10 in Tampa where she assisted news anchors and reporters with story ideas, wrote broadcast scripts and articles and posted content to the website. In the fall of 2015, she was accepted into the Digital Journalism and Design online graduate program at USF St. Petersburg where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree.
Stefanté has had a pas- sion for working both behind and in front of the camera since she was a little girl watching the local news with her mother.
“I liked watching the news with my mom because I was always the little girl who asked a thousand questions and wanted to know why something was happening. My mom told me how it was important to be aware of what goes in the community you live in as well as nationally,” she said. Her inquisitiveness got her involved in reporting while in elementary and middle school, and she got her first internship with ABC 7 in Sarasota after interviewing and shadowing Heidi Godman, a former news anchor.
Professionally, Stefanté is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists. Moving from Florida to Iowa has been quite an adjustment for her, “but it’s a very rewarding career that allows me to bring awareness to the community through my stories,” she said.
She attributes her success to God, her family and her failures. “Sometimes we tend to allow fear to creep in and discourage us from chasing our dreams, but I knew that I had to rely on my faith in God to take every opportunity to help me achieve my goal of becoming a news reporter. It’s very hard to get into the industry. I had people who told me I wouldn’t be able to get a job and it took me 9 months until I finally got a YES! But with perseverance, patience and my faith in God, I overcame all obstacles.”
When she’s not chasing stories, Stefanté enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping and traveling. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority where s h e works with the sorority’s mentoring program, Precious Pearls. She is the daughter of Steven and Evelyn Randall.
Stefanté’s advice to a young person is “to always keep God FIRST in everything you do. Surround yourself around positive like minded individuals, stay focused, and have patience to believe in God’s timing for your life.”