Chenue Her, “Good Morning Iowa” anchor and Chief Photographer Don Schmith were awarded a Regional Emmy in the Children/Youth/Teen — News category for their story “Never Too Young,” the story of an Ames third grader writing a letter to the city to get an audible crosswalk for his father who is visually impaired.
Her, a 2013 Media Production graduate from Northwestern’s communication department became the first Hmong Male Anchor in the U.S. last October when he joined the Good Morning, IOWA show at WOI-TV in Des Moines.
Her joined the Media Business class via Zoom on last October and recounted times when stations where he applied asked him whether he would change his name, but he refused knowing his heritage matters and the importance of being himself and representing his family and culture.
Her began his career with the Northwestern Live TV workshop in the basement of the MEL and advanced his career with local internships at KSTP and WCCO. He landed his first job working at a station in Eugene, Oregon and then spent four years in Norfolk, Virginia and two in Atlanta, Georgia before joining WOI in Des Moines.