Shawn Killinger is On the Right Path
Our March/April issue features short profiles on nine alums who found various routes to fulfillment in their lives after altering the course of their careers from what they studied in college. Not all of the graduates who were under consideration for this piece had such diverse changes in their career path as these nine. Some switched majors while in college, others took roundabout paths only to eventually come back to their chosen field of study.
One such alumna is Shawn Killinger ’95, a marketing major at Penn State who is now a program host for QVC. Killinger is briefly mentioned toward the end of the feature profile on her QVC colleague Antonella Nester ’87. Killinger joined QVC in 2007 after a circuitous path that included stints as a CBS News ‘page’ and Foreign News Desk assistant, a local news reporter and anchor at TV stations in New York and Florida, a senior producer and host for BabyFirstTV, and a turn as a cast member on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.
Killinger got a marketing degree because it seemed like the most solid choice. Even though more creative pursuits tugged at her, she knew a typical corporate desk job was not her speed. Her current career seems to fit.
“I love that TV has no homework to take home at night, because live TV doesn’t have redos,” she says.
For more on the folks who followed a different path in life, check out our March/April issue.
—B.J. Reyes, associate editor.