Pete Muntean

Reporter / Pilot / Aviation Expert

Résumé

Experience

  • WUSA9 • Transportation Reporter/Multi­-skilled Journalist Washington, D.C. | 2016 – present

    Highlights: 2017 Inaugural protests, 2016 Democratic National Convention, established new transportation beat

    • Creating our newsroom’s first-­ever transportation beat covering crumbling local infrastructure and leveraging my aviation expertise
    • Presenting complex topics by cutting through jargon to remind viewers how every story affects them
    • Expanding my skillset by shooting and editing my own stories; regularly work as a solo video journalist
    • Embracing new social media tools to engage a growing digital audience via Facebook Live; growing Twitter following to 2,800+
  • WGAL News 8 • Political Reporter/Fill-in Anchor Harrisburg, PA | 2010 – 2016

    Highlights: 2014 Emmy nomination, 2015 Baltimore riots, uncovered stories that catalyzed statewide change. Watch on YouTube

    • Owned the State Capitol beat as an on­-call expert; learned to swiftly simplify complicated legislation, regulation, and court cases
    • Advocated for viewers with bold political stories, creative investigative projects, and impactful exclusive interviews
    • Developed and coordinated state and local election team coverage; produced acclaimed “Ad Watch” reports
    • Maintained relationships with an extensive network of sources and contacts in Harrisburg, Washington, and beyond
    • Worked with Hearst D.C. bureau to report from Capitol Hill; filled in as national correspondent
    • Remained active in the community; emceed station­sponsored events; frequently appeared on political talk shows

Aviation

  • FAA Licenses & Ratings

    Certificated Flight Instructor, commercial pilot and instrument ratings, 1,110+ hours flying time

  • Aerobatic competition

    Athletic, precision flying of maneuvers (not stunts!) in front of judges. Watch an in-progress video

Freelance

  • University of Maryland

    Adjunct journalism professor teaching advanced television news reporting to juniors and seniors

  • Sport Aviation Magazine

    Pitch and write long­-form features on experimental aircraft and performance pilots

  • PilotMag

    Newsstand magazine for enthusiasts; wrote features on next­-gen aviation technologies and celebrity pilots

  • Air Shows Magazine

    Served as contributing editor; wrote quarterly news briefs for the International Council of Air Shows

  • AOPA Live

    On­-air event reporter for the 400,000­-member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s video webcast

Education

  • University of Maryland

    Philip Merrill College of Journalism • B.A. in Journalism • May 2010

  • Hearst Investigative Reporters and Editors Workshop

    Boston, MA • October 2012 & June 2013

  • National Press Photographers Association NewsVideo Workshop

    Norman, OK • March 2010

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