Some might say I get bored easily. Others might say my intellect requires a life of variety and color, and the seeking of new challenges. Both statements would be accurate.
You may know me as a television or digital journalist, a social media enthusiast, a journalism professor, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the daughter of Zee and Al Edgell or the sister of Randall Edgell, MD.
The best moniker for what I am doing now might be communicator. I relocated to Belize City, Belize (where I was born) in June 2016 for a new job: Communication and Marketing Officer for the National Institute for Culture and History. In addition to my day job, I am teaching a course for local journalists that examines the intersection of Belize’s environment and its economy.
Check out our class tumblr: Eco Pulse Belize
Before moving back to Belize, I worked for the EW Scripps Co.: First, as community editor for WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) and then a director of digital media for KSHB-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) Before arriving in the Queen City, I lived and worked in St. Louis as a freelance journalist, consultant and trainer. Before that I was with Patch.com, as one of two Regional Editors for greater St. Louis.
My parents met in British Honduras in the mid-1960s, where my mother was a journalist and teacher and my father was director of CARE. I was born just about a year after they were married. In two months we were on the move: to Nigeria, where my father was part of CARE work to help rebuild parts of the country torn up during the Biafran War. Over the course of my formative years, we lived in the United Kingdom (1972-73), the United States (1973), and Afghanistan (1974-77) where my brother Randall “Randy” Clive Edgell came into the world!
After Afghanistan, the Edgells lived back in the US for a short while and then moved to Bangladesh (1978-80). Then, we moved back to my native land, now called Belize (1980-82), where we built a home in Belize City.
Then, it was back to the land of my birth. After about a year in Belize, I left for college in the US and my family settled into a seven-year stint in one place – a first for us!