A local TV station recently welcomed a Wichita State grad Kaisha Batman into its newsroom, and now — less than a year after her graduation — Shocker Nation can see her on air.
“Being on air this early in my career was, at first, nerve-wracking,” Batman said. “Now that I have been on air for a little while, it’s thrilling and just another day in paradise.”
Batman graduated from Wichita State in May 2020 and began working at KSN News full-time. She currently works as the Western Kansas bureau reporter and is stationed in Garden City.
“It is an honor getting to represent my home [Garden City] and the people and places I grew up loving,” Batman said. “I love being able to report on a new story each day and share the hidden gems of our coverage area.”
While attending Wichita State, Batman was able to get hands-on experience through multiple jobs and internships. She worked part-time at WSU-TV, where she was an on-camera and editing specialist. She was also able to gain experience at KAKE-TV where she was a news and reporting intern, as a marketing and promotions intern for the Wichita Thunder, and at PBS as a marketing and social media intern.
“Throughout my four years, I tried to gain as much experience I could in as many fields of communication as I could,” Batman said. “I wanted to experience for myself what it was like to work in different industries.”
After not being able to find the right fit, experience or classes for herself at other universities, Batman found herself at Wichita State by chance. She discovered the classes that piqued her interests, helped further the pursuit of her career, and earned her degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism and minor in sport management.
“It was meant to be, and I couldn't have chosen a better college for me,” Batman said.
While at Wichita State, Batman found the classes in her program were a huge factor in deciding to pursue her current career, and the professors pushed her to become a better journalist.
“Without the communication program and the professors who helped mold me, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Batman said.