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Checking in with Mount Royal alumni: Liam Nixon

Checking in with alumni Liam Your name program and year of graduation
I'm a proud two-time graduate.  I completed a Criminology Diploma in 2000 and a Broadcasting Diploma in 2007.

Describe your career path
I spent seven years climbing the ladder at CHAT News in Medicine Hat, then was recruited to be the anchor/Newsroom manager at Global Lethbridge in September 2014.

What three words describe your student experience at MRU?
Real-world, friendships, fulfilling

What was the most important course you took at MRU and why?
Definitely my TV News class.  It was as close to real-world as you can get in a classroom setting.

How have you invested in your community after MRU?
As the Newsroom manager, I welcome practicum students into our workplace to offer them the opportunity to take their MRU skills and apply them in a professional setting.  I have also spoken with broadcasting students in several post-secondary institutions to offer my industry knowledge, advice and feedback.

What is the best piece of advice you received at MRU that helped prepare you for your career?
Be prepared to move your life anywhere necessary for your first job and be ready to start at the bottom and work your way up.

What is your claim to fame?
I was part of the CHAT News team that won back-to-back national Bert Cannings awards for best newscast in a small market for our flood coverage in 2014 and 2015.  I was also part of the Global Lethbridge team that won the Prairie Regional Bert Cannings Award for best newscast in a small market for our coverage of the Blairmore Amber Alert in 2016.