WanJira embodies the exceptionality of an African-Caribbean Bronx Diva with a passion for entertainment and travel writing, copywriting and global community outreach. The Bronx New York native is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
In an effort to become a global asset to society, she produced her own senior thesis project allowing her to travel and study in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Kenya, Africa during her senior year at the university. Throughout her tenure in college, she has traveled and studied in Brazil, Italy, London and Spain just to name a few. In January 2010, she traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to assist with aid for the earthquake victims and to tell their heartbreaking story. She recently returned from Roatan, Honduras and Johannesburg, South Africa on a cultural exploration as well.
WanJira’s desire for a diverse bustling city with a unique Caribbean vibe prompted her relocation to Miami, Florida.
WanJira’s entry to media came as a member of the iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel Miami) production staff where she produced, wrote and voiced commercials for the company’s seven radio station cluster. Impressed with her tenacity and alacrity, Clear Channel promoted WanJira to Interim Senior Copywriter within a matter of months. She set forth plans to influence innovation and creativity as well as fortify her natural–born skills in writing, media and communications.
WanJira’s focus and determination led to a position cross-town as Marketing and Promotions Director for Radio One Miami, one of the nation’s largest broadcasting companies, making her South Florida’s youngest radio Marketing Directors.
WanJira directed the cluster’s marketing efforts and elevated the Radio-One Miami brand to incredible heights until its eventual sale to Salem Broadcasting in 2008. She continued her path to mastering the art of writing. WanJira has written for Upscale Magazine and has worked closely with Marilu Henner on her bestselling Healthy Holidays book. She has spent her time as an Entertainment, Lifestyle & Travel writer for the South Florida Times and MSNBC’s thegrio.com and moonlights as an aerobics instructor with L.A.Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness.
WanJira’s commitment to empowerment and community outreach is exhibited in the many projects she holds dear. She has worked as a volunteer choreographer with a performing arts organization teaching modern jazz to inner city youth in Broward County. She participates in charity runs benefiting a myriad of causes. She has also participated in the Celebrity 5K Run on Miami Beach to help bring an end to homelessness in Miami- Dade County.
WanJira recently held the position as the Advertising Copywriter at World Travel Holdings and SEO Copywriter & Proofreader at Zumba. Only scratching the surface of her life’s passion, she looks forward to continuing to make a global impact as a professional writer.