Siobhan McGirl is a 2017 Seton Hall graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Broadcasting/ Visual Media. Within one week of graduation, she began her career as on-air reporter with CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia.
While pursuing her degree, Siobhan was proactive in advancing her career goals, completing five internships. "I was an intern for CBS Philadelphia as a sophomore and it was my first introduction to local news. From that day on I knew I needed to be an investigative journalist." Siobhan recalls that her CHAMP mentor (Communication Honors Alumni Mentor Program) connected her with a SHU alum at CBS. "Pirate Pride follows you everywhere," she says.
Siobhan acknowledges the vast support she received while at Seton Hall. "The CHAMP program was one of the best things that ever happened to me." Siobhan was accepted into the program for two years and she keeps in contact with both of her mentors. "Seton Hall is an incredible support system. To be in a market this high right after graduation is rare. I often say I got lucky, but I know in my heart it's because of my experiences at Seton Hall that I am where I am today."
Following CBS, she landed an internship with ABC's "7 On Your Side" team, where she was able to pitch, write, and edit stories. She then moved on to "ABC News Nightline." "I learned how to cover national stories, breaking news, international issues alongside some 'greats' like Juju Chang, Byron Pitts, and Dan Harris." Her last two internships included CBS News "Investigative Unit" and ABC's "20/20". Siobhan says that she "worked with some of the 'greats' like Diane Sawyer" and added "I was a sponge."
Prior to her internships, Siobhan contributed to Pirate TV, reported and delivered news for WSOU 89.5 FM and The Setonian, served as Vice President of the Irish Club, and was recognized as a Servant Leader Scholar and a nationally ranked public speaker with the Brownson Speech and Debate Team. She was also a Resident Assistant for three years and part of the Honors Program.