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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Irene Byon

Class of 2013, Bachelor's

Irene Byon is from Orange County majored in Broadcast & Digital Journalism. She has a passion for breaking/crime news and feature/human interest reporting and has been working at ATVN since Fall 2010.

She worked as a volunteer reporter on Thursdays. Some of her most memorable reports include the the sex abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary school, the manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner and the killing of two USC international graduate students.

Previously, she’s been a news anchor, weather anchor, producer, reporter, art director, studio director, technical director, multimedia journalist, graphics artist, assignment editor and teleprompter at ATVN.

Irene has held several internships with prominent news stations in Los Angeles. Currently, she interns for the investigative team at KNBC4, where she assists reporters and producers with hidden camera work and researching.

In 2011, she worked for KABC7 as an online news intern, updating Twitter, posting stories on KABC7’s website, and cutting video from the newscast. She also worked for MBC America, an L.A.-based South Korean news station, as a concert coordinator and news production assistant.

Then in 2012, Irene interned for KTLA’s Tech Reporter and ATVN alumnus Rich DeMuro. As a tech news intern, Irene wrote preliminary package scripts and web stories and even appeared in Rich’s monthly tech segments. One memorable and quite embarrassing incident was when Irene was officially declared as the ‘Coffee Intern’ because of a live shot mic mishap. Just Google ‘KTLA coffee intern’ and you’ll read/watch all about it.

After graduation, Irene plans to work as a general assignment reporter at a local news station. In the future, she hopes to work for network news reporting on human interest/feature stories.

Irene was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to California when she was two years old. She spent most of her life in Orange County and loves the suburban life. When she’s not running around trying to meet deadline, Irene loves chilling at home and watching films or T.V. shows.

If you have a story to tell, Irene would love to hear! She believes capturing and being in the most important moments of people’s lives are the most exciting aspects of journalism and story-telling.


What were your duties at ATVN? :

Anchor, Reporter, Producer, Director, Art Director, Technical Director

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