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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Julia Deng

Class of 2014, Bachelor's

Julia Deng graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with majors in Broadcast & Digital Journalism and Political Science. She has a passion for investigative journalism and is pursuing a career as a reporter.

At USC, Julia worked as Executive Producer of ATVN, overseeing editorial decisions and production details for live nightly newscasts. She supervised and trained ATVN's newsroom, studio and website staff of more than 250 students. Julia also worked as a day-of-air, special coverage and live shot reporter for three years, providing 24/7 coverage of breaking news stories for the 6 p.m. newscast and

As a true "one-woman band," Julia writes, shoots and edits her stories herself. She often pairs her packages with web videos, without reporter track, to tease or supplement her TV stories. She shoots and edits these videos - sometimes from the field, on her iPhone - and writes the accompanying text articles. She also has experience coordinating and producing her own mobile live shots via Skype and FaceTime. Memorable ATVN assignments include covering the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, Paul Walker's death, Occupy L.A. and the 2012 Presidential election.

Away from campus, Julia was part of the NBC Nightly News team in Burbank. She interned at Dateline NBC, CBS2/KCAL9, NBC Bay Area and Cape Town TV News. Julia field produced DWP and Caltrans investigations for reporter David Goldstein, and received Assistant Producer credit for Dateline's season premiere, "The Plot Thickens." 

Julia was awarded the $10,000 Leslie Miller Scholarship in 2013 for her "excellent on-air presence" and "commitment to telling stories that make a positive and meaningful difference." She was also a recipient of the USC Academic Achievement Award, and was on both the Annenberg and Dornsife Dean's Lists from 2011-2014.

Prior to discovering her passion for journalism, Julia was intent on pursuing a career in classical music. She studied violin at The Juilliard School for six years, and is always thrilled to cover stories related to the arts. When she isn't chasing the news or furiously scrolling through her Twitter feed, Julia can be found baking gluten-free desserts and expanding her scrapbook of The New Yorker cartoons.

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What were your duties at ATVN? :

Executive Producer, Reporter, Producer

Studio B Dims Lights for Good as 'Hancock Era' Comes to an End

May 1, 2014

ATVN aired its final Studio B newscast Thursday, marking the end of a 16-year run in Hancock.

NBA Bans Clippers Owner Donald Sterling for Life

April 29, 2014

The NBA held a press conference Tuesday, sealing Donald Sterling's fate with the NBA.

Hit-and-Run Victim Returns to 'Finish The Ride' After Losing Leg

April 27, 2014

Damian Kevitt got back on his bicycle Sunday for a six-mile charity ride.

Speed to Blame for Paul Walker's Death

March 25, 2014

Investigators said the car was going between 80 and 93 miles per hour.

Deadly Intersection Gets Traffic Lights

March 13, 2014

This is part of a project that will also fund bike lanes and right-turn pockets.

Storm Prompts Evacuations, Residents Prep for Flash Floods

February 27, 2014

The second storm this week will bring between one and eight inches of rain, and the mud and debris could...

Demands for Justice on Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death

February 26, 2014

The rally in L.A. was part of a national movement that staged protests in more than 15 cities.

Thousands Gather for Pan African Film Festival

February 20, 2014

The 22nd annual PAFF Awards concluded Monday with a brunch in Baldwin Hills.

Andrew Menard and Rini Sampath Elected USG President and Vice President

February 18, 2014

Their win over the Heley-Pinto and White-Kelly tickets was announced at Tuesday's Senate meeting.

Wilshire Grand Project Kicks Off 20-hour Concrete Pour

February 15, 2014

Developers of the 73-story building aimed to set a Guinness world record.

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