Valente: Communication is the Key to Identifying Issues
To help engage Samuel Merritt College
(SMC) and the broader community in the latest news about curriculum,
clinics, faculty research and innovative teaching practices,
the college has hired Elizabeth Valente as the Associate Director
of Publications and Media Relations, Office of the President.
For the past ten years Valente, an award-winning
broadcast journalist, reported in and around the Central Coast
and Bay Area, most recently in Sacramento County. She worked
for local CBS and FOX affiliates covering
news topics including gang violence in Monterey County, wildfires in
the Santa Cruz mountains, high waves along the coastline of
Pacifica and medical lawsuits in Sacramento. Prior to that,
Valente worked in San Francisco for CNN and Ziff
Davis Television as a field producer.
As a print journalist, Valente has worked
with local newspaper media such as Monterey County Herald,
San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee.
Valente has garnered several broadcast journalism awards including
an Emmy in 2006 recognized by The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, Northern California and an Associated Press
Television-Radio Association of California and Nevada Award
Valente’s portfolio as an independent
media consultant also includes giving to the broader community.
She has provided media training for various organizations
including the Presidio of Monterey, South Bay colleges, and
Sacramento County Meals on Wheels Program, to name a few.
Born in Vicenza, Italy, raised on military
bases in Germany, England, Belgium and France, Valente says
her upbringing has helped her become a more effective communicator
to inform others about people, places and world issues. Valente
is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree
in Broadcast Journalism, including a year in international
relations from the University of London.
Welcome, Elizabeth, to your new ‘assignment.’
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