Resume

Career Summary: 

Justin is an award winning journalist with a strong live presence and a passion for storytelling and making a difference in his community. He consistently builds sources going beyond just the basic information. He currently reports for WXII 12 News which serves the Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point DMA. He formerally worked as a television news reporter at Tulsa’s CBS and CW affiliate News On 6 which he was awarded an Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters award for spot news in 2019. Before working in Oklahoma, Justin worked as a Multimedia Journalist in Maine for Portland’s NBC affiliate WCSH 6 and Bangor’s WLBZ 2.

Committed to disseminating up to the minute information from Breaking News to Feature Stories; his multi-dimensional reports enlighten and educate. Justin is adept at building a social media presence to engage viewers while keeping the public informed. He timely delivers succinct and compelling news while maintaining the highest ethical standards. 

Industry Related Experience:

News Reporter – WXII 12 News

Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, NC 04/2020 – Present

News Reporter – News On 6 KOTV

Tulsa, OK 03/2017 – 04/2020

Live nightside reporter covering breaking news; ability to multitask and disseminate pertinent information live on-air, online and through multiple social media platforms to the public without bias

– Brainstorms and pitches storyideas, interviews subjects, writes scripts, conducts investigations while meeting stringent deadlines

– Uses a variety of social media tools to publish content keeping viewers informed and educated on a daily basis

– Participates in weekend on call rotations and emcees community events

– Operates with integrity tobuild trust and earn sustained credibility with community sources from all walks of life and cultures

– Proven ability to develop original stories, as well as successfully curate content from assigned news topics while meeting deadlines

– Meticulously fact checkup to the minute information to maintain high standards of journalistic integrity

– Identify and secure multiple information sources for each story to provide accurate, credible news coverage

– Receive news tips and deliver unscripted breaking stories live on air and online to keep local audiences informed of significant events

Skilled interviewer who responds to breaking news during major events to gather and share reactions from individuals directly impacted, live on air and online

– Experiecne as a fill-in weekend morning show anchor

Multimedia Journalist – WLBZ 2 and WCSH 6

Bangor, ME and Portland, ME 05/2015 – 03/2017

– Provided live television news coverage and produced multi- dimensional live shots

– Managed tasks in a highly organized manner to deliver first-rate live multimedia storytelling while adhering to strict time constraints

– Responsibilities included pitching stories, conducting research, interviewing subjects, shooting quality audio video; then editing, packaging and posting final product

– Developed a strong resource network through community service involvement

– Reported live on local and state wide news stories; covering community interests, current events, weather, politics, sports and more 

– Demonstrated strong ability to problem solve by identifying obstacles and opportunities, then implementing effective interview strategies

– Endeavored to grow online viewership through responsible social media posts and reliable reporting on relevant news and events from Bangor to Portland 

iHeart Media – Marketing/Promotions Street Team Member

Springfield, MA and Boston, MA 01/2009 – 05/2015

– Reported to the Promotions Director; assisted with the promotional appearances of music industry headliners in iHeart Media Springfield and Boston

– Collaborated with team members to plan and execute on-site corporate sponsored radio station events, remotes and concerts

– Recorded several radio station promotional events for social media platforms 

Industry Related Skills: Final Cut ProX, iMovie, iPhoto, AdobeAudition, AdobeEncoder, Avid NewsCutter, Avid iNews Edius Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, APENPS, Newspath.

Awards:

2018 Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Outstanding Achievement Award KOTV-DT Spot News “Branson Duck Boat Tragedy”

2013 Resident Assistant of the Year Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

Education:

Boston University Boston, MA
M.S. in Broadcast Journalism, 2015

Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
B.A. in Media Communications Minor in Theater
Cum Laude, 2013

Community Service:

  • Guest Judge Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 2019 Halloween Costume Contest
  • Emcee Pause4Paws First Birthday Bash 2019
  • Emcee Coweta Fall Festival 2018; 2019
  • Emcee Hay capital of the world Inola Hay Day Festival & Parade 2018
  • Emcee Tulsa Community Center Signature Symphony Series Concert 2018

Contact Info

Justin Shrair

Phone: (413) 454-2728

Email: justinshrair@gmail.com