Balancing school, work and a personal life can be a difficult task for anyone. People can often crack under the pressure of trying to juggle different tasks and priorities simultaneously. But with Saint Peter’s University's own Professor Ernabel Demillo makes it look easy.
The journalism professor and host of CUNY-TV’s “Asian American Life” has received an individual Emmy nomination for her work on the segment “Cambodians in the Bronx.” This is the fourth nomination she has received since the show aired back in late 2013.
Demillo knew from a young age that being a television journalist was her goal. After being on the local news for helping raise money for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), she became inspired through her love of current events and her culture to pursue journalism as a career.
“I’m a very goal-oriented person,” Demillo said. “I started at a young age and knew that I was going to be a television reporter.”
After being a local reporter in her home state of California and working on FOX-5’s morning news program “Good Day New York” for several years, Demillo began teaching journalism as a new career path.
“I went to graduate school thinking maybe I could teach one class, never thinking I’d end up teaching full-time,” Demillo added.
After already working for a few years as a full-time journalism professor, she was then approached to help create Asian American Life, a new show that focuses on the Asian-American community. Demillo put her skills to the test, juggling both professions at once.
“I don’t treat it as two jobs,” she commented. “I treat it as one entity. I think that if I see it as two jobs, then it becomes more work.”
As a mother, Demillo is able to handle both her professional and personal life, and loves every second of it.
“I think what makes all of this so easy to juggle is that I love all of my roles,” she said. “I love being a mom, I love being a broadcaster and I love being a teacher.”
While she can do it all, there are some conflicts that force her to sometimes make tough decisions.
“I’m shooting a documentary at the end of the month which I’m really excited about,” she explained. “But, I’m going to miss my daughter's first musical and I’m feeling so guilty about it.”
There are always challenges with a busy life, and Demillo is still learning to adjust to it.
“For me, the biggest hardship is being able to give each of my jobs and my family 100 percent,” she said. “I’m still trying to learn not to feel so guilty.”
Demillo is also prepared to take on a new role next year as the Chair of the Communication and Media Culture Program.
“I’m really looking forward to being the head of the department because I’m excited to see where we can take it,” she explained. “Especially because of all of the changes in media.”
Whether it’s teaching, hosting, reporting or being a mother, Demillo has the ability to do it all.