CSUSB graduate wins Michigan Association of Broadcasters award


Cal State San Bernardino 2011 communication studies graduate Gabrielle Mays received the 2012 Broadcasting Award of Excellence for news reporting by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in March.

Gabrielle Mays

Gabrielle Mays

Mays, who grew up in Redlands, works as a news reporter for WLUC-TV 6 in Houghton, Mich. The station’s website highlights her work at Cal State San Bernardino: “While attending CSUSB, she gained most of her experience as the producer for the campus news station (segment) Local Matters.”

“It’s prticularly impressive that Gabrielle graduated from CSUSB  in 2011,” said Michael Salvador, chair of the university’s communications studies department. “To win this award in her first year speaks to Gabrielle’s talent and the quality of her professional preparation here at CSUSB.”

Mays entered the news reporter category with three feature stories she produced in the Houghton/Hancock region.

“What makes this award so special is that all of the stories I entered were about the people in this area,” said Mays.

Her entries consisted of a story about a young girl with brittle bone disease who wanted an outdoor wheelchair to aid her in getting through the snow, a group called the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly who assisted senior citizens in their everyday lives, and a fire that broke out in a senior living complex.

“People in the community trusted me enough to tell their story, and to win an award based on how amazing, kind and generous the Houghton/Hancock community truly is makes me smile,” said Mays.

The award now sits in the front office of the Houghton news station among the station’s other awards.

“I came into this job not being the best on-camera personality, but I learned that if you want to be a reporter, you have to get good at telling the stories of the people that watch you every single night,” said Mays.

For more information on this story, contact Michael Salvador at salvador@csusb.edu.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.