Class Notes Profiles
Angela Ewald, Comm ’98, wrote her way to an Emmy.
By Joni Moths Mueller
As a broadcast freshman, Angela Ewald thought she wanted to be on camera. She quickly discovered the fun behind the scenes, writing and producing for television. Her resume includes writing for some of TV’s popular picks, including shows for the Food Network and Travel Channel.
She has a knack, and it was recognized this year with the Daytime Emmy Award presented for Ewald’s work on the PBS series SciGirls. The show breaks new ground, pairing television with a website where tween girls find exciting ways to participate in science. To appreciate the show’s impact, consider this: Since its premiere in 2010, the series has earned more than 8.5 million viewers and the website has more than 92,000 registered users.
“The idea came from brainstorming an adventure program that could be a gateway into science for girls,” says Ewald. “If you think about girls in their tweens and how they watch television, it’s not on a box in the living room.”
That’s why SciGirls makes the world a laboratory where girls work on real scientific investigations. Thanks to outlines written and produced by Ewald and others, SciGirls documents girls studying everything from the health of a coral reef to the bug life of two ubiquitous California trees to see which has the healthier ecosystem.
“We pair the kids with a female mentor so they see women doing exciting, interesting science,” Ewald says.
Ewald is working on scripts for SciGirls’ second season. And she’s always looking for more exciting projects. She says Marquette put her on this track, and staying connected with the alumni network helps her discover new writing and producing opportunities coast to coast.