In the Spotlight: Marian Bouchot ’17, Film and Broadcast alum

Even as a senior at University of Missouri School of Journalism, Marian Bouchot is already seeing her passion and hard work pay off! Marian was an award-winning filmmaker by the time she graduated from Valor in 2017, winning Kalos and Colorado High School film festival awards. She has been studying documentary film and broadcast in college, and has also kept a steady pace of internships and studio work throughout the past four years to meet her big goals.

After high school, Marian earned a prized internship at a music video production company in Nashville, where she helped film and produce work for Christian artists. Throughout her college career, she has worked at the KOMU-TV newsroom, (NBC affiliate in Columbia, MO) moving up the line from the assignment desk to producer, field reporting and on-air talent. Click here for a sample of her reporting during Covid-19.

In addition to her news work at the station, Marian is finishing her capstone documentary, a film focusing on the value that Latinos bring to the construction industry in Texas, where Marian’s family now lives. “I want to show how much our country depends on immigrants,” she said.

After graduating this spring, Marian plans to look for work in a larger broadcast market. “As a reporter, I pitch, shoot, edit, and write all my stories in a single day shift just in time for our evening newscast,” explains Marian. “Journalism is a stressful profession, but I think the story telling, film and documentary skills I honed at Valor have given me an extra edge, and I’m grateful for that!”

Mr. Josh Anamier, Valor film teacher agrees. “Marian has continued to shine as a media storyteller in her school and local community because of the passion and foundation she was able to cultivate at Valor. We’re really proud of her!”

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