Quick Bio: My name is Fara Illich, and I have worked in the television news industry as a photographer, studio camera operator and editor. I am currently learning news writing and multimedia as a graduate student at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
Origin: Born and raised in the beautiful town of Sedona, Arizona, I have developed a deep and profound love of the desert. My parents have a small motel in Sedona called The Sugar Loaf Lodge, and I’ve worked there on and off practically since birth. But I grew up in the country, in a rural area outside Sedona called Cornville. My family raised horses, goats, chickens, peacocks, ducks, and rabbits.
Education: I graduated from The University of Arizona in media arts, with an emphasis is film aesthetics and criticism. During my junior year, I did a student exchange program on Guam, where I fell in love with the climate and culture, but mostly the people. Afterward, I returned to Tucson and graduated in 2006, cum laude.
Career: After graduation, I completed an internship at Access Tucson, a community television station, but I couldn’t wait to get back to Guam. So with a little experience under my belt, I returned to my beloved island, and landed a job at a network affiliate station. For two years, I worked as a news photographer, editor and studio camera operator for KUAM Primetime News and KUAM News Extra. On the weekends, I worked as an audio technician and releaser. In 2007, I was awarded the rare opportunity of working on travelogues to Saipan, Tinian, and Thailand, which are some of my best and craziest memories. Working with talented and driven people, even for a short time, taught me more than four years of college ever could. I miss my KUAM family, and loved my time there.
Life: I am happily married to Jakobe Illich, who was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. We met in Guam when I was an exchange student, and we still have many friends there. In 2008, we returned to the States, and got married in Arizona. From 2008 until 2011, I worked for my parents as a manager at The Sugar Loaf Lodge in Sedona, AZ.
Interests: Traveling, Spanish, Micronesian Politics, Mexican History, Photography, Chickens and Gardening