Meet Tanya Hutchins '89

Where do you live?Tanya Hutchins 1

Washington, D.C., in a neighborhood called Riggs Park.

What do you do for work currently?

As a full-time freelancer the second time around, I get to do whatever I want: hosting, acting, commercial print modeling or field producing. Returning to my first love, still photography, has been fun, along with teaching social media to people with little to no experience. 

What did you learn at IC that helped you get to where you are today (personally or professionally)?

Ithaca College taught me everything I needed to know to become a broadcast journalist and multimedia journalist (MMJ). I'm still using those skills today in my current job, as I shoot, edit and report video news stories for our union's website and social media platforms.

How did you get involved with IC after graduating (did you volunteer? Did you speak in a classroom? Attend events?)?

I started out as an Admissions volunteer while living in Columbus, Ohio. I went to college fairs in Central Ohio, representing IC. It was great to talk to potential students about my alma mater.

Why do you LOVE IC?

I love IC because of the people, the school spirit and the huge network available to students and alumni... a network I'm proud to be part of.

Anything else interesting/pertinent that you’d like to include: (Are you close with other alumni? A professor you loved? Student orgs you were involved with?)

I keep in touch with professors in the Park School of Communications and love visiting campus twice a year. I wrote for the Ithacan for a year, but I was always involved in ICB-TV, as we called it back in the 1980s. I was News Director for a year and that experience made me realize I never wanted to go into management (smile). I'm glad I learned it back then. Many of my fondest memories that I cherish include ICB and the Afro-Latin Society (ALS), which is now called the African-Latino Society. The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) made my college experience possible. The current program is HEOP.