WE HEART: Inspirational Talent, Tatevik Aprikyan

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Tatevik Aprikyan

22 | Seattle, WA

Hometown: Yerevan, Armenia

Occupation: Journalist & On-Air Talent

Why We Heart Them

Ever since Tatevik was a little girl, she had a natural ability to convey herself very well in-front of the camera, she was a far cry from camera-shy. “I used to run in front of the camcorder and start telling a story the second the red record button turned on,” says Tatevik. “I guess my love for story-telling and journalism started back then.”

Her professional passion for journalism started in print. Tatevik launched her own column in high school called Teen Scene, a bi-weekly editorial devoted to teens, whom she felt deserved to have their voices heard. Always the go-getter, she moved into radio at the same time, where she started out as an intern at National Public Radio and advanced to produce talk shows at Puget Sound’s local NPR station – KUOW.

She kept her role at NPR and simultaneously worked on the launch of The Scene Magazine in 2010 in conjunction with the Bellevue’s Reporter as an arts and entertainment magazine for the Eastside. Tatevik thrived in this fast-paced environment, but she says her biggest and most exciting career opportunity came just last year, when she moved to NYC to work on the executive production staff for The Late Show with David Letterman.

“Meeting  people like Donald Trump, Natalie Portman, Brian Williams, Rihanna, Sofia Vergara, Shakira, Tina Fey and former President Bill Clinton, to name just a few, and living the New York life was certainly a dream of mine personally and professionally,” says Tatevik. “But I decided that as fun as showbiz was, I couldn’t see myself working in such a superficial world forever.”

Just last month, Tatevik returned to her roots and is proud to be back at NPR as a Seattleite. “Seattle is such a dynamic city, and I love reporting to an intellectual audience who are interested in what’s going on in Egypt as much as they are in the raw food movement,” says Tatevik. “I really enjoy the challenge in being a journalist to report on stories from new angles, you learn something new every day.”

This inspiring lady is also fortunate enough to master four languages — Armenian, Russian, French and English, which she says has really broadened her understanding of culture and people and given her the ability to communicate with them globally. Tatevik lives life to the fullest, she loves to travel back to Armenia and Europe and enjoys the arts and foreign films. She also has a passion for fashion and was a former model. Her dynamic background doesn’t stop there, she also has a blackbelt in taekwondo, is a gymnastics and figure skating pro, and has been playing competitive tennis for the past 15 years.

“I’ve been so fortunate in my life to have had incredible people who have taken chances on me at such a young age,” says Tatevik. Her impressive early start in her career is just the beginning of her journey to journalism superstardom.

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