My name is Danyel De Villiers, and I am third generation Cuban American currently attending the University of Miami. My interest in Broadcast Journalism dates back to the summer entering my Freshman year at Christopher Columbus High School when auditioned for CCNN Live, the daily news show for Christopher Columbus High School. I had never been exposed to any form of journalism prior to joining the program.
My experiences throughout high school were nothing short of amazing. The exposure and knowledge I received into the vast industry of journalism only proved my commitment to the field. Finding a college, however, that would allow me to further grow as a journalist was no easy road.
The University of Miami has been my dream school ever since I was a young boy. My parents were both graduates of the institution, and after attending the Peace Sullivan/James Ansin High School Workshop at the university, I knew that this was the school I had to attend.
During my time at UM, I have been an active member for various programs on the University’s television station UMTV. I currently serve as an executive producer for the school’s weekly live sports broadcast, SportsDesk and as an associate producer and director for UniMiami, the school’s Spanish broadcast. I have been exposed to multiple elements of live news reporting and have taken a great interest in the production side of things. In my first semester in these roles, both programs have recently been nominated for the National Broadcasting Society Award in their respective categories.
Along commitment to UMTV and my studies, I also run my own production company, DD Media Productions. My company provides cinematography services for weddings, birthdays, events, businesses, and as of recently Quinces Cruises.
I had a very successful four year tenure at Christopher Columbus High School. I was awarded with three NATAS Suncoast Regional awards as well as numerous state and national awards. Although I will never forget my achievements, I didn’t want it to stop there. I did my part in high school and now I strive for those same successes at UM.