Alum on Mission to Educate Public About Financial Market

Posted on: March 25, 2014

Angela MilesFinancial journalist Angela Miles says coming to Michigan State was one of the best decisions of her life.

Having earned her B.A. in Telecommunication in 1984, Miles is now the anchor and managing editor for First Business, a 30-minute nationally syndicated financial news and analysis television program produced by Weigel Broadcasting in Chicago.

"It remains my greatest joy covering the financial markets and passing along useful information and tips to viewers that affect their wallets," Miles said. "I am so happy to help other people make money."

As the host and managing editor, Miles has full control of the show and says she is on a mission to educate the public about the financial market.

"We don't talk over people's heads; we talk to them," she said. "My mission is to level the playing field between Wall Street and Main Street. Information is power."

Miles started her financial broadcasting career by reporting from the press booth above the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) trading floor for WEBfn, a 24-hour financial news station that aired on TV and the Internet.

While working for WEBfn, Miles quickly gained the confidence of traders from the CBOE floor. Within six months she was promoted to anchor for WEBfn, but continued to report opening bell activity from the Options Exchange.

Miles' first broadcasting job out of college was as a copywriter for WOOD- FM Radio in Grand Rapids, Mich. She then went on to become an afternoon drive-time news anchor at WITL Radio in Lansing, Mich. "I was very determined. I knew what I wanted and was doing the best of what I could to get there," she said. "Once I got on the air and did a show, I knew this was for me."

Since her days at WITL-FM, Miles went on to many other reporting and anchoring jobs including for MSNBC; WGN-TV and CLTV in Chicago; and WNEW TV in Saginaw, Mich. For MSNBC, she was a correspondent who helped cover the 2004 Presidential Election.

"My career has taken so many twists and turns, but not one thing I have done has been wasted. I am glad for every moment," Miles said. "I also never wanted to pigeonhole myself. I never wanted to be an anchor who didn't know how to report or a reporter who didn't know how to anchor."

Miles came back to campus March 24 and spoke to a few classes in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, including Janet Lillie and Karin Hanson's CAS 492 class, where Miles was joined by fellow MSU alumnae Francie Russell (B.A. Journalism '85) and Donna Halinski (B.A. James Madison College '86). The trio shared career advice with the students.

"If you can shoot, edit and write, you are going to have a job. Content is king,"

Miles told the students and also recommended that before they graduate they have some sort of resume tape if they want to go into broadcasting.

Miles says one of her greatest loves is coming back to MSU for games and other events.

"I was so sad when I left here because I had the time of my life," she said. "It was a blast."

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