Ameerah has worn many hats throughout her established career and the best is yet to come from this budding professional. Ameerah Cetawayo is an award-winning media professional, an educator, a highly-followed Tweeter, volunteer, entrepreneur and jazz enthusiast. Ameerah Cetawayo’s current role is as Public Relations Director for a senior services and housing conglomerate in St. Louis, MO.
Ameerah Cetawayo achieved her education in media and communication while attending the prestigious School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she graduated Cum Laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a minor in Asian Studies. Ameerah Cetawayo studied abroad in Japan and England while at WKU, becoming multi-lingual and learning about newsgathering practices from an international perspective with classes in news analysis, politics, and film. As a reporter for the on-campus PBS-affiliate NewsChannel 12, Ameerah Cetawayo placed first in a TV news competition sponsored by the Kentucky Associated Press.
In her senior year, Ameerah produced and hosted public affairs TV show “New Horizons” for the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission. Ameerah Cetawayo’s first media position after college was as a business reporter for the Bowling Green Daily News, also serving as a radio anchor and reporter for the newspaper’s broadcast arm, WKCT-AM. She built a specialty in small business reporting, focusing on farmers and innovative entrepreneurs, and making inroads in diverse communities, including black and Hispanic business circles. Community leaders nominated Ameerah Cetawayo as a Bowling Green Human Rights Commission Young Woman of the Year in 2006. Ameerah was later recognized in 2007 with the WKU President’s Award for Diversity, an honor for contributing exemplary leadership and achievement in advancing diversity at WKU and the local communities served. In 2008, Ameerah was recognized as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kentucky Small Business Journalist of the Year for column.
Desiring to expand her business knowledge, Ameerah Cetawayo enrolled in a Master of Business Administration program at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and graduated cum laude with her MBA in 2009. She later transitioned to being an educator and governmental accounting and in 2010 was featured in the book, “How to Master Online Learning,” published by Peterson’s.