Back when they were students at Robert Morris University, Channing Frampton ’11 and Maria Satira ’12 took advantage of every opportunity that came their way. Today they’re reaping the benefits of their RMU experience as they work side-by-side for TV3 Winchester, ABC’s local affiliate in Winchester, Va.
Frampton majored in media arts at RMU, while minoring in both international studies and theater. He also worked for four years as a producer, forecaster, reporter, and anchor for the Telly Award-winning show “RMU-Live”, interned with and shadowed forecasters in both the United States and Finland, and played the male lead in Elton John’s modern take on “Aida”. As a senior, he received RMU’s inaugural Renaissance Award for completing activities in all seven categories of his Student Engagement Transcript.
Maria graduated magna cum laude from RMU, with a double major in TV/Video production and journalism. In 2010, she was part of a team that won a journalism competition funded and coordinated by The Heinz Endowments as part of its sponsorship of its annual Women’s Health & the Environment Conference. She was also the first recipient of the Amanda Marie Werkmeister Memorial Scholarship and, in 2011, received the Alexander M. Tanger Award from the Broadcast Education Association. In 2012, she was awarded the Renaissance Award. During her time at RMU, Maria served as a student representative to the Middle States re-accreditation team, vice president of programming for Delta Zeta, the president of Voci Italiane, and a staff writer for The Sentry student newspaper.
TV3 Winchester News hired Frampton in the spring of 2011 to be a weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter. Today he works as a producer, reporter, forecaster and anchor for the station’s 7 p.m. news broadcast.
About a year after he was hired, a position opened up for a reporter, and Frampton had the perfect fit for the opening. “Having worked with Maria in college and knowing her track record as a reporter, I tipped her off to the opening and was glad to see she got the job,” he says.
Now Satira is a general assignment reporter for “Good Morning Winchester”, developing stories on local topics and covering community and breaking news.
“What I love most about my job is that every day is different,” says Satira. “I also love the impact that I’m making on our viewers’ days. It’s a great feeling when I’m out somewhere and a viewer comes up to me and tells me that one of my stories helped them and made a difference in their life.”
Satira says being engaged in her education made all the difference. “My message for other RMU students with goals of a career in broadcasting: take advantage of everything! You can not get a job without an internship. Leave your comfort zone because in this field, you do it every day.”
As for working with a fellow alum, Frampton says it’s always fun working together with Satira. “We’re both proud of what we’ve accomplished since graduation.”