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FAMU alumna wins Emmy for work on CNN special


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – A Florida A&M University School of Journalism and Graphic Communication graduate received a News and Documentary Emmy for her work on the CNN special "Election Night in America."
Rachael Shackelford currently works as an associate producer for CNN’s “The Situation Room.” She served as producer for the 24-hour news network’s election night special, which received the honor under the category of “Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story."
Though she is not often listed on television credits or seen in front of the camera, Shackelford said that seeing her ideas and production work implemented on both a national and international scale is rewarding enough.
More importantly, Shackelford said the Emmy recognition provides her with an opportunity to inspire future Rattlers to go after their dreams.
 “I hope winning an Emmy sends the message that all of your highest goals lie within the power of your own perseverance,” Shackelford said.
A Tallahassee native and 2005 graduate, Shackelford credits much of her success in journalism to the foundation she received as a student at FAMU. She specifically credits the late Dean James E. Hawkins, Ph.D. and Professor and 90.5 WANM–FM Director Keith Miles for their direct influence in her personal and professional development and the work ethic they imparted in her.
"Dean Hawkins and Professor Miles pushed me, pulled me, talked to me, mentored me, directed me and fed me. They did it all. They were the secret to the brightest memories I had in undergrad.”
Shackelford received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from FAMU and received her master’s in international affairs from Georgia Tech University.