Alumni Spotlight Nicole Agee
When she’s not anchoring the morning and midday news at KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids, Electronic Media alumna, Nicole Agee spends much of her time volunteering with local organizations in her community.
“I enjoy volunteering for a variety of organizations in Cedar Rapids. I’m a member of the Board of Directors at Theatre Cedar Rapids and recently chaired the theatre’s fall fundraiser. I also performed in last spring’s production of Legally Blonde,” she said. “Every Tuesday, I read to kindergartener’s as a Rockin’ Reader volunteer with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. As a public figure in the community, I have the honor of hosting several events and the opportunity to learn more about local non-profit organizations.”
After graduating from UNI in 2004, Agee received an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri in 2006, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, KOMU-TV. She then took her first job as an anchor for evening newscasts at KAAL-TV in Austin, MN before moving to Cedar Rapids in 2009.
“My husband and I love living in Cedar Rapids and enjoy everything eastern Iowa has to offer. I was born and raised in Iowa, so it’s wonderful to be close to family and watch my nephews grow,” said Agee.
Agee occasionally returns to UNI to attend football games, visit former professors, and dine at local restaurants.
“UNI gave me a solid foundation for my future. The professors in the Department of Communication Studies took my career endeavors to heart and gave me what I needed to succeed,” said Agee. “In addition to teaching me a little of everything in the world of electronic media, they offered opportunities for focused learning on topics that prepared me for a higher degree at the University of Missouri and beyond.”
Agee’s successful application of the skills she learned in the Department of Comm. Studies has led to many accomplishments within the field of journalism.
She has received two Eric Sevareid awards and a regional Emmy for news reporting. In addition, The Corridor Business Journal named her a “40 Under 40” honoree for 2013.
“From celebrities and politicians to our viewers who have great stories to tell, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people,” says Agee. “I love what I do and feel fortunate to have found a great place to work in an extremely competitive industry.”