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Michelle Merker

Michelle Merker


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Michelle's work combines: Television, Writing, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Program Development Coordinator

I help producers get their programs on TV.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Radio and Television

    Saddleback College

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Media Programming Directors:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Organizational Communication, General

Associate's Degree

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I was a theater and speech major in college. I was going to be an actress.

  • 2.

    I saw an ad on a kiosk at school for auditions for the school's TV show. I didn't get the job.

  • 3.

    But I transferred into the TV program, and in a few weeks I did get the on-camera hosting job.

  • 4.

    An executive at a broadcast TV station saw me on the cable show and asked me to audition.

  • 5.

    I got the job, was promoted to news director, and was lucky enough to stay there over 20-years.

  • 6.

    I went into radio, teaching, voice-overs, films... things I hadn't tried before!

  • 7.

    But my first love was always broadcast TV... so I returned.

  • 8.

    Now I'm learning so much about the difference between commercial broadcast and public broadcasting!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    It's such an unpredictable business. You won't have a future in TV.

  • How I responded:

    I knew I loved the business from the start. So I included other people in my circle that loved it too. That way we could all talk about our paths and ideas to get to our goals, and share the potholes in the roads too and what we did to get back on the road. I am still friends with these people decades later.