Anum Valliani joins NewsWest9 after spending a year working in a medical lab. As fun as it was to be performing rat brain surgery and researching drug addiction, she missed the fast-paced, adventurous life in media she flirted with in college. So at nights, she interned at KABB, the local Fox affiliate in San Antonio, where her many mentors put her through a reporter boot camp.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Anum spent much of her childhood playing sports and acting like her older brother's "little brother." In high school, Anum played varsity basketball for the MacArthur Brahmas (Go Brahmas! And yes, we know we pronounce it incorrectly), though she was more successful at being a nerd. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007 and jetted off to Atlanta, Georgia for the next four years. While at Emory University, Anum co-majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Journalism, edited and wrote for the campus's humor magazine and joined multiple community service organizations, including one that involved step-dancing! (Don't ask her to prove it, because she can't hold a beat anymore.)
Always a fan of story-telling and asking- admittedly too many- questions, Anum says she got her start in news in the fifth grade when she wrote for the monthly student newsletter. Since then, her love of writing spiraled into reporting for various print publications and ultimately bringing her to TV right here in Permian Basin.
The big-city girl is loving the small town and all its metropolitan news. In her free time, Anum plans to join a rec-league at YMCA and to learn how to cook Indian food.
She hopes to write a novel or screenplay soon and to eventually report for CNN.
You can contact Anum with story ideas via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @AnumVallianiNW9.
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