FOX 5 News Reporter to Speak at Penn State Wilkes-Barre Commencement
Featured speaker at Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2005, will be Linda Schmidt, reporter for WNYW-FOX 5 News. Schmidt has been with Fox for the past 12 years, specializing in investigative and consumer-related reporting. She has covered some of the nation’s biggest stories including the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and the crash of Flight 800. She has reported the news for FOX from Israel, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Europe and has been nominated for 13 Emmys, winning 5 of them. Schmidt has also been honored with awards from the Associated Press, the New York State Broadcasters Association, and The New York Press Club.
Schmidt attended Penn State Wilkes-Barre from 1979-1981 before moving on to University Park where she earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. After graduation, she went to work for Q100, a radio station in Easton, PA. From there, she moved to Springfield, Missouri where she worked as a reporter and weekend weather woman at KOLR-TV. Before arriving at Fox 5 in NYC, she also worked at WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT and in Philadelphia.
Schmidt’s community volunteer efforts include reading to elementary school children, attending fund raising events, and hosting events and working with members of the Red Cross. "I’ve always felt it was important to be involved in your community," she said. "Too often as people are rising in their careers it becomes all about them. They lose perspective on what’s important in life. Reaching out to others keeps you grounded and keeps you in touch with how millions of Americans are struggling. We are all responsible for one another. Life is not about me, it’s about us!!"