Ailes Apprentice Program, founded in 2003, celebrates 2015 graduating class.
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The Ailes Apprentice Program's 11th graduating class was recently honored with a ceremony in New York City hosted by Fox News Anchor Harris Faulkner, and featuring remarks from Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes, along with Fox News contributor Santita Jackson.
The program, which promotes diversity and development, gives four individuals each year an opportunity to learn about the television news industry from the inside with the aid of distinguished mentors.
“Our program is to create people who will step forward and lead, not just in the television business, but in any kind of problems that we might have,” said Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX News, who founded the program in 2003. 2015 Ailes Apprentice Program graduate Shivan Sarna discussed how she will continue to build on what she learned from being a part of the program.
“I look forward to continuing to build relationships and moreover to embody the Ailes’ way: working hard, learning new skills and being respectful and genuine to everyone.” Keynote Speaker and 2011 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Champion Anthony Robles, who was born with one leg, discussed the importance of overcoming obstacles in life. “We all have a challenge and we all have those obstacles come up but the question is whether you’re going to let that challenge become your excuse to fail. How are you going to react in those situations when it gets hard? You have to tell yourself – you’re unstoppable.” During the ceremony Apprentices Mauricio Munoz, Randall Payton, Shivan Sarna and Danaia Williams were recognized for completing the exclusive one-year work and education program, which focuses on developing diversity candidates in broadcast and cable journalism.
Each of the graduates receives a full-time position at Fox News, along with networking opportunities and mentorships with top Fox executives.