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“I always knew I wanted to be in New York, but the closer you get to the city, there’s less of the traditional ‘college experience’ … Rutgers has traditional college life with access to New York.”
Gia P
Journalism and Media Studies
School of Communication and Information
Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Gia's Story

Do you want to know what’s new/now/next on the entertainment scene? Follow Gia Peppers. With a whirlwind of recent credits, including Hot 97, Complex, Essence and the NBA, the Rutgers alumna is making a name for herself as an on-air personality and digital journalist, particularly in the entertainment space.

The Rockville, Md., native has provided entertainment news segments featuring red carpets, reality television wraps, and new recording artists for 500,000 viewers on Enstarz.com. She also commutes to serve as a courtside personality for her favorite basketball team, the Washington Wizards.

Peppers says she chose to attend Rutgers because of the university’s reputation in media studies and its proximity to New York City’s coveted internships.

“I always knew I wanted to be in New York, but the closer you get to the city, there’s less of the traditional ‘college experience’ – and no football teams!” she says. “Rutgers has traditional college life with access to New York.”

The training she received at Rutgers prepared her for this professional grind. She says knew what she was getting into thanks to professor Steven Miller in the School of Communication and Information, who provided invaluable insight.

“It’s a challenging lifestyle,” Peppers says. “There’s not a lot of money, but when you get tired, if you can still keep going, it’s for you.”

Excerpted from Rutgers Today

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