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Shelby Holliday '08

Shelby Holliday graduated from USD in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. Shelby originally planned on playing basketball for the Toreros, but when a back injury forced her to hang up her jersey freshman year, she decided to make the most of her USD experience by getting involved in a wide range of activities. Shelby anchored and co-produced USDtv, studied abroad in Spain, held officer positions within the Eta Rho chapter of Alpha Phi, and pursued numerous internships and jobs outside of class. Taking on new roles and responsibilities served her well, and Shelby discovered her passion for broadcast journalism while interning at the local NBC station in San Diego. Shelby is now working as a reporter and host for Channel One News in New York City, and she is looking forward to staying involved with the USD Alumni Association from the Big Apple.

1: What have you been up to since graduation?

 After graduating from USD in 2008, I left the sunny beaches of San Diego and headed to Columbus, Ohio to report "Gen-Y" news for, a college network that was just getting off the ground. Accepting the position required a huge leap of faith, but it turned out to be an incredible experience. Not only was I given the opportunity to contribute to various Fox News and Fox Business shows, but I was assigned to cover some major events such as the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the Kentucky Derby, New York Fashion Week, and the Sundance Film Festival. I also developed a passion for investigative journalism when a co-worker and I uncovered cases of voter fraud during the 2008 presidential election. (Some of the voters were later prosecuted, and the laws in Ohio were changed to close problematic loopholes. This story led me to develop a true appreciation for the power of journalism.)


After cutting my teeth at Palestra, I recently joined the Channel One News team as a reporter and host in New York City. I am grateful for the opportunity to cover issues affecting our nation's youth, and I am already feeling at home in the city that never sleeps!

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?

 I can't pick just one. I will never forget studying abroad with my USD classmates in Spain, helping my sorority raise $55,000 for heart health and reserach, or covering the 2008 WCC Men's Basketball Tournament when USD beat Gonzaga to go to the big dance. I also miss living on the beach and enjoying "daytime festivities" between study sessions!


3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?

 Any plaza with a fountain or any lawn with some sunshine.


4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?

 My favorite class was New Venture Finance because we received hands-on experience in writing business plans and raising capital. Starting my own company is something I have always aspired to do, and I plan to make that happen if and when the timing is right.


5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?

 While my on-the-go reporting jobs have made it difficult to attend events in San Diego, I have enjoyed meeting and reuniting with fellow Toreros all over the country. I am a proud member of the Alcala 100, and as a former Alumni Scholarship recipient, I look forward to giving future students the same opportunities that other Toreros so graciously bestowed upon me.


6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?

 Work hard, try new things, get involved on campus, pursue internships and jobs, and take advantage of everything USD has to offer. Don't forget to have fun along the way, and enjoy as many San Diego sunsets you can!

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