Loyola University Chicago

Weekend of Excellence

Elise Haas

PHOTO: Natalie Battaglia Elise Haas (left) delivers the news at noon on WLUW 88.7 with fellow student Alex Whittler. Haas, who served as president of Loyola’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, plans to work as a TV reporter after graduation.

School of Communication

Elise Haas

Major: Broadcast journalism  •  Class: 2016  •  Hometown: Overland Park, KS

What will you be doing at this year’s Weekend of Excellence?
I was nominated for the Outstanding Student in Journalism award, which is given out during the weekend. 

What’s your favorite Loyola memory? 
Looking back, I vividly remember the night I moderated my first panel discussion for the Society of Professional Journalists. After the event, my faculty advisor grabbed me in the elevator and shook me with excitement. Her congratulations on a job well done meant the world to me. I became president of Loyola’s chapter of SPJ my sophomore year, which was a daunting leadership position at that age. That successful night helped set the tone for my next three years in school.

Tell us about your volunteer work and/or involvement with student groups.
As SPJ president, I organize and promote events for students at the School of Communication. Perhaps my proudest achievement is founding our annual service project at a local high school, where Loyola students serve as mentors in the journalism classes. I’m also an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Our main philanthropy is Reading is Key, where we visit underprivileged students at elementary schools, donate books, and spend time reading with the children.

How has your time here helped shape you as a person?
The people have shaped me. And naturally, as a journalist, I love talking to people. So from my peers to my professors, the interesting and differing perspectives within the Loyola community have helped me mature as an individual, develop as a journalist, and grow as a leader.

And finally, what do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
Oddly enough, 10 years from now I hope to make it back to Chicago. Since I want to be a TV reporter, I’ll have start in a small town. From there, I’ll work hard to advance my career. But this will require me to relocate every couple of years. So by year 10—maybe I will be a reporter or anchor for WLS-TV? A girl can dream.