Profiles of Tenacity: Karenia Murry

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Karenia Murry is a fourth-year journalism major and the vice president of the UGA National Association of Black Journalists. (Photos: courtesy of Karenia Murry.)

Profiles of Tenacity: Karenia Murry

November 30, 2023

Fourth-year journalism student Karenia Murry currently serves as the vice president for the National Association of Black Journalists at UGA. She enjoys the community she’s found through organizations and classes in the college. 

Why did you choose your major? 

I thought about the natural gifts I had, and I thought about the things I was most passionate about. My dream is to have my own talk show, and this major helps me to learn the fundamentals. 

What does tenacity mean to you? 

To me, tenacity means continuing to push forward even when everything is pushing you back. 

What is one piece of advice that you would give to other Grady students?

Commit to a club or organization. I’ve connected with so many people and received so many great opportunities from the connections I’ve made.

What is your most memorable Grady experience? 

One of my favorite memories I’ve had while attending Grady is participating in the Grady Newsource Volunteer Political show. I had the opportunity to serve as a field producer for this show. 

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the past year? 

Karenia stands holding a microphone in Tate Center.
Reporting from the EMST student-run Backstage Film Festival in Tate Student Center.

My biggest accomplishment was finishing my internship with First Coast News in Jacksonville, Fl.

Who is your favorite Grady professor and why? 

My favorite professor I’ve had would be Dr. Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed. She talked about relevant issues and allowed us to openly discuss our thoughts. This made me more excited to enter this field. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Don’t allow anyone else to dream for you. Your dream is your dream for a reason. 

Who is your professional hero?

Oprah Winfrey.

What advice would you give to your freshman self? 

Give yourself grace, and allow yourself to make mistakes. Mistakes don’t define you; they teach you.

Karenia Murry reporting outside of the Jaguars stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
Karenia Murry reporting outside of the Jaguars stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.