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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 08/06/14
ROMEO REPORTER. Above, WXYZ Digital Reporter Alexandra Bahou, a Romeo High School graduate, will be the guest speaker at the Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce's A Night Under the Stars event at 6 p.m. on Aug. 8.
(Photo courtesy of Alexandra Bahou)
Night Under the Stars
features WXYZ reporter
by CHRIS GRAYSpending a night enjoying the five senses may very well support Romeo's next success story.
Observer Staff Writer
The Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce and Business Women's Connection will hold its Third Annual A Night Under the Stars from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8, at the Douglas House, located on N. Main Street in Romeo.
Chamber Executive Director Kelley Stephens said the night brings together businesses, artists and others for a night of art and food. Proceeds from the night support the chamber's annual scholarship fund.
Each event has hi-lighted the accomplishments of current or former Romeo residents. This year's guest speaker is Alexandra Bahou, a digital reporter and web producer for WXYZ-TV Channel 7.
"We're excited to have her come back to her hometown and talk about her journey from Romeo to WXYZ," Stephens said.
Bahou, who now resides in Royal Oak, is a 2004 Romeo High School graduate. She said she didn't realize she wanted to be a journalist until 10th grade thanks to a theater class and a trip to New York City.
"I fell in love with the idea of becoming a journalist," she said.
In high school that passion was molded into skill when she volunteered at WBRW Channel 6, where then-Director Richard Cory took her under his wing.
"I really wanted to learn how to shoot video and he taught me everything," Bahou said. "From that point on it gave me the drive to pursue my dream."
She landed an internship in 2006 with WXYZ-TV, and in 2008 her professional career began in 2008 as a digital reporter at the Detroit Free Press, where she was nominated for an Emmy and won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Bahou said her goal was to join WXYZ-TV, and in 2012 she did just that, becoming a part of the Action News team. She writes stories for the station's website, writes a tech report and prepares the reporter packages to post them online.
She said her motivation and passion for journalism comes not from rubbing elbows with celebrities or famous people, but with talking to everyday people.
"What I found is talking to people every day, everyone has an extraordinary story," she said. "To be able to tell people that or communicate about a certain person or group, I think it inspires me to do it every day."
She said in her spare time she loves hanging out with friends and family and enjoys going out to events. In particular, she is looking forward to participating in the tennis tournament held during the Peach Festival.
"I love getting out there and being around people," she said.
In that respect, she said she is honored to be speaking at Night Under the Stars, where she plans on talking about how she was able to pursue her dream thanks to the support she received from her community.
The evening promises treats for all the senses with its "Taste Fest," offering guests wine and beer tasting and foods from a variety of local restaurants and businesses. RareFORM will perform during the event.
Works from local artists will be on display, including those from Michael Daitch, Robert Fionda, James Kasperek and Chris Marshall. Debi Sisco will showcase her stained glass, and 2 Romeo Girls will feature re-purposed furniture. A caricature artist will be on site as well.
Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple. The Douglas House is located at 228 N. Main St. For more information, call 586-752-4436 or visit www.rwchamber.com.