Hi, my name is Lia Kamana and I am an aspiring journalist. Currently I am between jobs trying to figure out my next move.
I am a graduate of Michigan State University where I majored in journalism with a concentration in sports broadcasting and a minor in Jewish studies.
Following graduation in May of 2015, I worked as a sports reporter for the Rocket-Miner newspaper in Rock Springs, Wyo. As a reporter in the cowboy state, I covered sports at three local high schools as well as a junior college. Through internships at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Ariz. and Hawaii News Now in Honolulu, Hawaii, I have experience in covering Div. I NCAA athletics as well as professional sports.
Sports has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and I am living out my fifth grade self’s life dream as a sports reporter right now. Growing up I played soccer, ran cross country and track, and paddled canoe. I am also an avid surfer. My favorite sport is football, but I enjoy watching, analyzing, and discussing basketball, baseball, and soccer. I have experience covering swimming, volleyball, and wrestling as well. A sport I would love to learn more about: Hockey.
Another passion of mine is traveling! I love to travel and spend a great deal of time planning my next adventure. I am originally from Kaneohe, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. As much as I love my island home, being on a rock in the middle of the sea made me want to get out and explore the rest of the world.
While at Michigan State I took advantage of the amazing study abroad program. And in January of 2014 I embarked on a semester abroad to Jerusalem, Israel where I studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During my semester I fell in love with the country and decided to extend my stay from five months to nine and took an internship at the Jerusalem Post.
During my summer at the Jerusalem Post I was exposed to international media and saw the impact that news has on the world. My three months at the Post coincided with the 2014 Gaza war and I experienced living and covering a war zone. I covered rallies, protests, and riots. I traveled to the border and spoke with military personnel. My time in Israel is what led me to add a Jewish studies minor my senior year.
In addition to Israel I have traveled to and spent time in: Jordan (Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Petra), Hungary (Budapest), Germany (Cologne, Bonn, Bremen, Heidelberg, Munich, Berlin), Mexico (several border towns), Turkey (Istanbul), Cuba (Havana, Veradero), and Canada (Windsor, Toronto).
My time abroad opened my eyes to all the amazing opportunities the world has to offer and solidified my dream of being a journalist. While I am currently working in sports, I would one day like to make the move to international news and am interested in potentially being a war reporter.