My name is Camisha and I'm the evening news producer for WSYM.
I like my dog, video games and singing in my band. But most importantly, I love television. Growing up in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area where I spent the latter half of my childhood moving homes and schools every other year or so, we didn't have much, but we always had TV and film. Now I've made my home on the west side of Lansing and have the pleasure of working in the industry that I feel closest to.
In college at MSU (go Green), I had the opportunity to be a writer, production assistant, editor, boom operator, postproduction supervisor, lead editor, assistant director and even director on many projects, both big and small. I've worked on two films that premiered at the Traverse City Film Festival to sold-out audiences and won two Telecaster Student Albie awards for Best Editing and Best Visual Effects for episodes of the Web series 'The Giraffe House".
I had a vibrant, fruitful and often stressful college career, working three part-time jobs at one point to pay my rent. One of my jobs was as a videographer at MSU IT services, working in and around campus to shoot and edit promos, lectures, instructional videos and live events for staff and faculty at MSU. Our team produced some great work there, and, for the three and a half years I worked there and in conjunction with my classes, I acquired invaluable skills to enhance my career, including motion graphics creation, set and lighting design, creative cinematography and acute audio processing. I couldn't be more thankful to everyone who helped me along the way to my Media and Information, Film and TV Production degree.
Once I graduated, I found the Fox 47 family and began my broadcast career in the commercial department, doing similar work making commercials for Fox 47 and our family of stations. Once again, our commercial team produced top-tier work, but, when I heard we were transitioning to do news in-house, I saw an opportunity that I couldn't refuse to bring my community news that matters to them in an efficient and high-quality way.
Now, I am producing the 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, and, while it's a challenge, my experience, and the great team of people around me give me the motivation needed to get it done.
You can find me on Twitter @CamishaMcClair, I'd love to connect with you.
Stay chill, Lansing.