Meet Simone Corbett
Central Washington University alumna and 4 Under 40 award recipient Simone Corbett is making the Wildcat family proud once again with her most recent accomplishment. Corbett, associate producer at Entertainment Tonight, and her ET team have just taken home a Daytime Emmy for Best Entertainment News Program.
Corbett says that she can’t remember a time where she wasn’t obsessed with pop culture, and that she spent most of her evenings after school watching Entertainment Tonight with her family. Now that she has a career with ET, she says it’s a dream come true.
“I love being part of a show that is as entertaining as it is informative,” said Corbett. “We're able to offer viewers an escape and make them smile, while still providing reliable entertainment news reporting. Winning a Daytime Emmy and being recognized among the incredible team of producers and talent at ET who make this show a success, especially during this unprecedented time, has been an absolute blessing.”
Growing up, Corbett always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. When it came time for college, it was Corbett’s visit to Ellensburg for Wildcat Day, an optional pre-orientation event, that led her to attend CWU.
Once enrolled, she became an orientation leader and was active in student media, including Pulse Magazine, CWU Observer, and Central News Watch, which led to a Regional College Emmy Nomination.
She says that each of her experiences with student media at Central solidified her passion for journalism.
“My education at Central absolutely led me to where I am today,” said Corbett. “My journalism professors at CWU not only helped me become a stronger writer and producer, but their belief in me helped me to believe in myself. I was constantly challenged, both academically and personally. The foundational life and professional skills I learned while at Central are lessons I still carry with me today.”
She graduated in 2017 in digital journalism and began working with ET that same year as a production assistant before moving into the TV department, where a large part of her job is now field producing.
“I am responsible for directing talent in the field (or in these days, over zoom), and occasionally interviewing celebrities, directors, and TV personalities myself,” said Corbett. “I love that in this role I get the opportunity to be part of the producing process from start to finish.”
She has plans for the future, but those plans don’t only involve herself. When asked what her future goals are, Corbett said, “In the years to come, I plan to continue learning and growing as a TV producer. But most importantly, I hope to encourage other young black girls and CWU students with a dream like mine that with faith, hard work, and fierce determination, absolutely anything is possible.”
March 18, 2021
Original Posting: November 2020
Story by: Robin Burck