Since its founding in 2009, the AASMBJ provides networking opportunities and a support system for AAJA members working at small-market television stations or at mid-size and large-market stations as entry-level production assistants and desk assistants. Together they address succeeding in small markets, dealing with challenges such as a sense of isolation, transitioning to larger markets and other issues. Join their twitter account.
Maria Hechanova (AAJA-Michigan) is a multimedia journalist with WLNS-TV 6 News, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Mich. Her most memorable stories include covering the Dexter tornado and the state’s synthetic marijuana law. Before Lansing, Hechanova worked at KYMA-TV News 11, the NBC affiliate in Yuma, Ariz., for nearly two years. In 2009, Maria was selected for the AAJA/NBC Universal fellowship in New York City and worked on the Today show. She helped launch AASMBJ under the guidance of AAJA Vice President for Broadcast George Kiriyama. Hechanova grew up in Glendale, Ariz., and graduated from Northern Arizona University.
Archith Seshadri (AAJA-Atlanta) is an anchor/reporter at WJBF News Channel 6 in Augusta, GA. Seshardi previously worked as a reporter/producer in Macon, GA, and spent six years as a business consultant at Accenture before shifting gears to journalism. He joined AAJA in 2007 and serves as the Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter board, becoming involved with AASMBJ in 2011. Seshardi graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology.