Ian-Mitchell Dear - Integrity
The best piece of advice Ian-Mitchell Dear ever received was simple. “Make sure you learn something new every single day and always pay it forward,” he said.
Dear embodies that statement in every facet of his life, especially in his academic and professional pursuits. The senior journalism student spends the majority of his time invested in discovering new things. If he is not in the field chasing a story, then you can easily find him on the third floor of Crosby Hall editing a project.
“Ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated with film, sports, storytelling, writing, and people,” said Dear.
His fascination with storytelling and writing led him to choose a career in journalism. Dear targeted colleges and universities that would allow him to develop his passion and excel in his career. The nationally accredited journalism and mass communication department at North Carolina A&T State University quickly rose to the top of his list.
“I visited N.C. A&T and I immediately felt at home,” Dear said.
The warmth that he felt during his visit spilled over into the home-like atmosphere of his academic department.
“When I was a freshman the seniors took me under their wings and taught me how to succeed in my major,” he said.
For the Raleigh, N.C., native, studying journalism and mass communication at A&T has been about working together. He has been an asset to the department and has served as an anchor, reporter, photographer, editor and producer for campus shows like “Aggie Sports Report.” He also has interviewed notable celebrities like Reuben Studdard and Don Lemon and has worked with ESPN productions.
Dear spent the summer as an intern for CBS News in New York City and represented A&T as an ambassador in the 2013 African Presidential Roundtable in Johannesburg, South Africa, this past June.
With all he has accomplished, Dear never forgets to give back to other students in his major.
“I make myself available to anyone who needs assistance in learning more about journalism,” he said. “As a senior, I make it a priority to make sure that I do the same for the younger classes.”
“Aggie Pride is all about succeeding in your craft and helping the people around you succeed,” he said