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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Anthony Gomes

Class of 2001, Bachelor's

Anthony Gomes joined KHQ-TV in January of 2006 as a general assignment reporter.

He started his career in Yakima, Washington where he reported for 18 months. During his time in Yakima, Anthony covered a wide range of stories including a jail break from the Yakima County Jail and the discovery of mammoth fossils by a Selah homeowner.

Anthony has received multiple Emmy nominations for his reports across the Inland Northwest including his coverage of the Valley View fire of 2008, which destroyed 11 homes in the Spokane area.

Anthony was born and raised in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Southern California after studying journalism and political science. When he’s not reporting, Anthony enjoys watching sports including his favorite teams: the Seattle Mariners and USC Trojans.


What are the top three skills journalism students should learn in college?:

There are five things you’ll need to get your first job in journalism (I haven’t figured out how to be successful yet, but I hope they’re the same five skills):

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Anchor (3 years)
Reporter (1 year)

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

Practice makes perfect, and there’s nothing like practicing the pressure of deadline writing. Missing your slot is not an option here. The anchor is going to say, “Here’s Anthony with the story,” at 5:01 and I can either toss to a story or stare into the camera for 75 seconds. ATVN helps you feel that pressure of hitting your deadline.

What is your advice to aspiring journalists?:

Fight On!

What should graduates keep in mind when negotiating their first job?:

Do whatever the News Director wants you to do. If you don’t, s/he will go to the next candidate on his/her list.

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