By Trishna Buch
In this week’s issue of “Meet The Newest Post Member” we are highlighting Mary Ekene. Ekene will be joining The Post as a freelance reporter, and working alongside myself and editor Hart Parris.
Ekene hails from Nigeria and has lived all around Texas.“I was born in Abilene, raised in Fort Worth, graduated from high-school in Sugarland and now I live in Orange.” Ever the communications enthusiast, Ekene told me that she has always loved to write. This fact, she said, was what drew her to pursue a career in journalism. “Not only do I love to write, but I always enjoy all the other aspects that come with being in the communications field,” she told me. “Whether it’s writing, meeting new people or visiting new places—I enjoy it all!”
Ekene earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University Of North Texas in Denton, where she then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Relations. When she was at UNT, Ekene worked as a freelance reporter for the university’s paper—North Texas Daily. And, for the past 34 months, she has worked in the freelance reporter capacity for The Orange Leader—a newspaper based out of Orange.
Ekene’s introduction to The Post was nothing short of interesting. When she came in to speak with us a few weeks ago, she said she was driving by Texas City, saw the building and decided to stop in. “I had heard of your paper and I was looking for ways to expand my horizons,” she told me.“So, when I was driving by and saw your sign, I knew I had to stop in.”
And Ekene’s personable fashion was clear from the minute we met her. She was warm and friendly throughout her visit, and was only happy to show us the work she had previously done for The Orange Leader. But the icing on the cake was when we found out that she was good friends with a family who had recently been on the front page of our paper. I guess it really is a small world after all!
But communications and journalism are not Ekene’s only passions. The mother of two daughters—a six month old and a four-year-old—is also a passionate actor. You may have seen her in Friday Night Lights, Prison Break or various Verizon commercials—and this is only the beginning of her acting resume. “I was in Fireflies In The Garden starring Ryan Reynolds”, she told me.
Ekene, who has been passionate about theater since age five, went to the New York School For Film And Television shortly after receiving her Master’s degree. And when asked if she had any facets of wisdom she wanted to share with Post readers, she had this to say:
“I want people to know that they should always pursue their dreams. I have always been a glass half-full type of person.”
She also told me that she wanted all Post readers, and everyone around the county, to know that she is a people person. “I am warm, social and a go-getter,” she told me. The Post welcomes Ekene to her new position and we look forward to working with her in the near future!