Schwenksville’s Drakas Hired by Missouri TV Stations

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Recent Penn State graduate and Schwenksville resident Meghan Drakas (at top), who worked with The Posts as an intern since July (2020), will become a full-time multi-media journalist at KMIZ-TV, an ABC-affiliated station on Channel 17 in Columbia MO; and KQFX-TV, its Fox-affiliated companion station on Channel 22, also in Columbia. She starts her new assignment Jan. 4 (2021).

Columbia is a central Missouri city with a population of more than 123,000 people, served by five full-power television stations in the competitive Columbia-Jefferson City market. It ranked sixth on the 2019 edition of Livability.com’s annual nationwide list of “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.” It’s also home to the University of Missouri and its Missouri Tigers football team, which plays against Iowa in the Music City Bowl game Dec. 30.

Drakas has already endured her share of preparation for the work that lies ahead. Before joining The Posts, she also completed internships with the “Good Day Philadelphia” program on FOX29-TV, the “Sunrise” show on WFMZ-TV in Allentown, and in the special projects department for Action News at Philadelphia’s 6ABC-TV.

During her tenure with The Posts, Drakas covered stories primarily in the Schwenksville and Phoenixville areas. Her reporting included pieces on students returning to college during fall, the annual Perkiomen Watershed clean-up, a Halloween dog parade at the Greenfield Senior Living Center and, most recently, a feature on Schwenksville resident Ted Hodgins, a behind-the-scenes volunteer at the Perkiomen Township Fire Company.

The reporting bug bit during her senior year at Perkiomen Valley High School. That’s when PV Communications Teacher Todd Moore, who at the time also was her homeroom teacher, introduced Drakas to PVTV, its in-house broadcasting facility. She “discovered her love for creating videos and morning news” during its weekday morning announcements, Drakas said.

She also “wants to thank her family, friends, mentors, and colleagues for all helping her to be exactly where she is today.” Drakas agrees she “could not have done it without them.”

Profile photo supplied by Meghan Drakas