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Volleyball star's drive leads to reporting job

When senior Jacqueline Kane decides to pursue a goal, she doesn’t rest until she has reached it. That singular drive has allowed her to excel academically and on the volleyball court while lining up a job well before graduation.


Kane, who’s from a town outside Denver, Colo., came to Binghamton on a full athletic scholarship. She was ranked 14th in the nation for blocks per game in 2007.


She was also part of the 2005 America East championship team. “Winning the America East is the best moment of my life,” Kane said. “I still remember every moment of the NCAA Tournament.”


Kane, an intense player who’s 6 feet 2 inches tall, has been honored with numerous awards recognizing her as a top scholar and athlete. She’s especially proud to have received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and to have been named an Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar.


Kane, 21, majored in political science and English with plans to go into journalism. She’s a member of several honor societies and  president of Sigma Tau Delta, the honor society for English.


After internships at Binghamton’s Fox affiliate and with the CBS station in Denver, she landed a job at NewsChannel 34 in Binghamton late last year. She worked there nearly full time for several months before Binghamton’s Fox station hired her as a reporter. She’s working weekends until after graduation, when she’ll join the full-time staff there.


“I just want to expose the truth to the world,” said Kane, who can remember playing “news anchor” with a cardboard box as a little girl.


Lecturer Mary Haupt, who has had Kane in several journalism courses, said she has been impressed with Kane’s positive energy. “She takes her studies seriously but has the ability to laugh at herself,” Haupt said. “She’s one of those remarkable people who can juggle six different things at once and do it with style.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08