EARLY YEARS

In 1995, I witnessed history unfold as news anchor and journalist Maria Bartiromo became the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. I was barely in elementary school when it happened, but the tenacity she showed by standing up to men who tried to shove her aside left an indelible impression on me. A decade later, the valiant effort Bartiromo and other female reporters put forth to pave a path for women in journalism gave me confidence to break down barriers even further by race - I was a Korean American raised in an immigrant family.

In traditional Korean American households, parents encourage their children to become a doctor or lawyer. If neither of these career choices inspired the child, he or she would at least still take the MCAT or LSAT to please their parents. I, too, took the LSAT and did what was expected to honor my parents. But at the end of the day, I stood my ground and stayed true to who I am - a storyteller. I majored in journalism throughout undergrad. Though it took my family some time to accept my lifelong passion, they gladly supported their daughter in her unconventional pursuit.

So in 2010, I began my journey into journalism with my first internship as a news desk writer for CNBC where Bartiromo worked at the time. There I was responsible for monitoring news wires around the clock and publishing breaking news stories alongside seasoned reporters. Among my top work was covering the Gulf of Mexico oil crisis, posting stock report roundups and writing stories on the retail spending habits of millennials and e-commerce trends for CNBC's Consumer Nation.

In 2011, I fell in love with radio journalism and started dabbling in this medium starting with a role as a multimedia producer at an NPR-affiliate radio station, Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM 580).

After a year in radio, it was time to head to the East Coast. Find out where under EDUCATION.