Elisa Tang found her love for storytelling at the age of five; with her pen and pad in hand, she chatted with strangers around Central Park about their lives, as her father played baseball on the nearby field.
Now, at 22-years-old, Elisa is an award-winning journalist, pursuing her dreams of becoming a digital news producer. After graduating with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Hofstra University in May 2015, she started working as a Production Assistant at NBC’s Today Show. She assists the show’s editorial team by creating a rundown for the #1 rated morning news program, while pitching newsworthy stories and ideas for both on-air and digital content.
She has proven her strong abilities in programming and production for various media outlets, including radio, for which she won a national Gracie Award as a senior in college. Elisa was honored to win Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature for her WRHU-88.7FM piece, “Skin Deep: The Rise of Self-Harm,” which put a spotlight on the growing issue of depression among young women.
Prior to her job at NBC, Elisa balanced school assignments and work as a Production Assistant at MTV Digital for a year. Nearly a year after her internship with MTV.com, she joined the team to build creative content for the MTV Movie Awards and the 2014 VMA’s. In addition, she published digital content for a variety of MTV’s shows throughout the week.
Throughout the four years of her undergraduate career, she gained professional experience from her internships at, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, NBC’s The Today Show, MTV Digital, and Fox 5’s Good Day Street Talk. Also, she established a presence on BuzzFeed Community, where she created various posts. She is grateful for her mentors in New York Women in Communications, through which she won the 2014 NYWICI Scholarship Award.