Meet Ninfa Saavedra: Grambling Grad Red Carpet Ready To Use Her Skills To Inspire and Dominate The Media and Entertainment Industry
Ready, set, press! After falling in love with storytelling, entertainment and receiving an education, nothing has stopped Ninfa Saavedra from preparing to become one of the next big media moguls!
The Texas native gained interest and first learned about the power and influence of journalism while attending Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas.
Saavedra was a student involved in the school’s Digital Media Academy. At the time, Hightower was one of the only high schools in the area that had a program that provided students exposure and skills applicable to digital media career pathways and prepared students for entry level positions or college career readiness upon completion of the program.
“I fell in love with the media industry my freshman year in high school,” she said. “It was something about telling others stories and sharing them with the world that captivated me.”
Post high school, she decided to attend Grambling State University where she majored in mass communication with a concentration in broadcast journalism and the continued hard work began!
At the HBCU she used all of the media resources she could knowing that she soon wanted to land a spot as one of the leading women in the entertainment news media world and touch millions through her growing career.
When you think of Saavedra you may think of Gabrielle Union in BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ but one of her best friends Florida Franklin loves to call her the next Oprah!
I tell my friend @itsninfa1 that she’s my mini Oprah and she’ll have her own television station one day!
— FLOBangin' (@_iamFLO) June 7, 2018
Saavedra now has experience in radio, print media, online media, hosting and broadcast. So, the next generation Oprah she might just be.
“I just feel like we all have a purpose on earth and my purpose is to bring others joy by sharing thoughtful, inspiring and creative stories,” she said.
She hosted one of her first radio shows ‘Way Back Wednesday’ on the campus radio station KGRM 91.5. The station is on air for 24 hours a day and offers a variety of music, news, sports and public affairs programming.
She gained exceptional mentors and new extended family members such as general manager, Joyce Evans and operations manager, Charleston Talbert.
“Ms. Evans was my mom away from home and she taught me so much about life during college,” Saavedra said. “I thank her for being so hard on me and preparing me for the world.”
While at Grambling she was also a member of the GSU TV Center under the direction of Alan Blakeney. The TV center is where she spent a bulk of her time and where she hosted and produced a campus favorite show, ‘The Porch’ and was a producer of weekly newscast, GramFamTV.
‘The Porch’ was a panel show with female hosts featuring Saavedra, La’Nita Hughes, Taylor Mitchell-Smith, and Nakita Turner. The show was produced by Morgan Butler and featured topics ranging from international and national news, entertainment, sports and fashion!
The show was Saavedra’s and the cost-hosts version of daytime talk-show distributed by Warners Bros, ‘The Real’ hosted by some of your favorites, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Tamera Mowry- Housley and Tamar Braxton.
In addition to all of the future media mogul’s on campus experience, she participated and gained valuable experience during her two news internships.
She was a business reporting intern at Cape Cod Times in Massachusetts as apart of the Dow Jones News Fund Business Residency program. She also was a news reporting intern at KNOE8 News in Monroe, Louisiana.
— Ninfa S. (@itsninfa1) June 6, 2014
During both of these internships she produced compelling content for broadcast, print and online media.
“They were both awesome experiences, I fulfilled multimedia duties that included reporting, business writing, researching, proofreading, video production and editing.” “It was great hands-on experience.”
All of her involvement not only helped her earn great opportunities, but it helped her earn some awards. During her junior year at GSU in her hometown Houston, she was awarded and presented with the KTRK Television Advertising Education Foundation of Houston (AEF- Houston) scholarship award. She was chosen from a pool of over 80 applicants.
“Winning the scholarship meant a lot to me and my family; it gave me a lot of confidence in myself and skills,” said Saavedra.
The Houston foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing undergraduate or post graduate degrees in advertising, communications, interactive marketing, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, public relations or related fields.
With watching and receiving all the exceptional guidance and mentorship from her professors at Grambling she also watches journalism and industry greats such as Nina Parker, Ellen DeGeneres, Charlamagne Tha God and Robin Roberts.
After graduating in the Spring of 2015, she landed an assignment desk job at Houston news station, KHOU11. There she gained life-long mentors, friends and experience whereas she had the vital role of gathering leads on some really big stories. She even helped get coverage from one of Houston’s largest storms, Hurricane Harvey.
— Ninfa S. (@itsninfa1) October 1, 2016
Currently, the 25-year-old is a web producer at news station ABC13 in Houston. Since arriving last year she has learned a ton and has been a vital part to the digital news team.
She has been apart of some of Houston history such as the Houston Astros winning the World Series and covering the Black Heritage Music and Arts Festival.
She’s even gotten to meet some very special people!
“This day was a magical.” she said. “Myself and ABC13’s digital team got the opportunity to meet Bob Iger (the CEO of Disney).”
When her GSU mentor Will Sutton saw this he said, “What a cool moment, and opportunity.” “Put in good work for your old boss and mentor.”
Sutton introduced her to the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). This is an organization founded in 1975 for African-American journalists, students, and media professionals.
NABJ has played and will forever contribute to Saavedra’s career. While a student she participated in a NABJ North Carolina A&T Short Course that encouraged her to learn even more skills. The short course is a four-day program where media professionals prepare students for the workforce.
One of Saavedra’s coolest moments yet is when she got to meet and interview singers Chloe and Halle, singers signed to superstar Beyonce’ record label and actors on Freeform hit-show ‘Grow-nish’.
She says she would love to work with Chloe and Halle again along with Virgil, Travis Scott (also Houston native) and Beyonce’!
Even with all of Saavedra’s accomplishments and experience she says that there is still work to be done. She hopes to be seen on many screens and red carpets really soon and also give back to her university and community.
Saavedra aspires to be a talk show and red carpet host. She wants to one day be on shows like Good Morning America and E News.
She would like to work with creators such as actors, entertainers and fashion designers to dig deep and learn more about their crafts and inspiration.
“Those are the types of articles I love to produce, not so much the fluffy, who’s dating who pieces,” Saavedra said.
While continuing to work hard in the newsroom she strives to be a role model for other upcoming women in the media and entertainment industry. So, you might want to put her on your superstar watch list because, SHE’S UP NEXT!
“As long as you see the vision and believe in it, that’s all that really matters,” said Terrance J in a Forbes article.” “Making it happen just comes down to you being willing to do whatever it takes to see it happen.”
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“Listen to the rhythm of your own calling, and follow that.”
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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.