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Broadcast student visits White House, meets Obama

Jessy Diamba

UNT broadcast student Jessy Diamba visited the White House April 28 for the first College Reporter Day, an opportunity for student reporters to discuss issues relevant to college campuses with senior administration officials.

Diamba, a 20-year-old junior broadcast and digital journalism major in the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, joined a select group of other student reporters from around the nation for a day full of briefings and events at the White House, including a briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest and discussions with members of the White House Press Corps.

Diamba is currently a Spanish news anchor for ntTV, UNT's student-run television station, and a French tutor at UNT with the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures -- positions that hint at Diamba's passion for languages. He speaks five in total: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.

Diamba was born and raised in Paris, France, but moved to his hometown of Euless, Texas, when he was 8 years Jessy Diamba at White Houseold. His experiences abroad fostered a love for international news. He said he often listens to news from around the world in different languages, and he hopes to one day be a foreign correspondent for a major news agency like the BBC or CNN.

"Being invited to the White House means a lot to me because I'm really big on international politics, and I like to learn about how American policy decisions affect other countries," Diamba said.

While there, President Barack Obama took questions from Diamba during a presidential news conference held for the college journalists. Jessy asked the president: What is his proudest achievement during his time in office and what are his plans after his tenure ends?

Diamba said he heard about the opportunity to participate in College Reporter Day through the National Association of Black Journalists. He is a member of both the UNT chapter and the national organization.

"I heard about the National Association of Black Journalists through the Mayborn," Diamba said. "When I first transferred here, Dean (Dorothy) Bland talked to us and mentioned it. I have this opportunity all because of the Mayborn."

-- Nancy Kolsti, News Promotions

Photos Courtsey of Jessy Diamba 

Posted on: Mon 02 May 2016

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