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Yesenia Taveras

Station Manager

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Yesenia Taveras joined WITN in 2007 from ESPN. She was appointed as WITN Station Manager in January 2021.

During her tenure at WITN, Yesenia anchored “Update News” and was the talk show host of “IN Focus.” She was also the news anchor, field reporter, talk show host and producer of new television programs that she established specifically for the Hispanic community, which included: Primeras Noticias Locales (Your Local News First); Latinos En Acción (Latinos In Action); and La Conexión/The Connection.  She’s won numerous “Best Reporter” awards and earned “Best Talk Show” with other WITN staff in 2018 and 2019 from the Delaware Press Association. Yesenia has also won several national awards from the National Federation of Press Women for her reporting.

In her 20-year career, Yesenia’s worked at Black Enterprise Magazine, Career Communications Group, ESPN, WPVI-TV 6, Def Jam records, UnitedHealth Group, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, the Police Athletic League of Delaware, and Delaware’s Comcast Leased Access Channel. She’s an active leader in the community and serves on the Board of Directors of Communities In Schools, a Use of Force & Imminent Danger Subcommittee Member of Delaware General Assembly’s Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force, and a Criminal Justice and Marketing Committee Member of United Way of Delaware’s Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative.

Yesenia graduated Magna Cum Laude Honors with a B.A. in Communications from Morgan State University, where she served as a two-term President of the National Broadcasting Society and the News Director of the University’s WMSU-TV and WMSU Radio stations.

Wendell Raulston

Deputy Station Manager

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Starting as a freelancer for WITN in 2015, Wendell Raulston joined the staff full time in 2018 as a Senior Producer/ Technical Advisor. In 2019, he was promoted to Deputy Station Manager. Before joining the WITN team, Wendell worked as a freelancer in film and television for 10 years. His show credits include ESPN’s Sunday Countdown, Celebrity Wife Swap, and TruTv’s Forensic Files. Wendell is a 2006 graduate of Temple University’s Film and Media Arts program.

Mikaelyn Austin

Senior Producer

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Mikaelyn Austin was hired by WITN as a Producer in the Spring of 2019, and now serves as a Senior Producer since the Summer of 2020. Her primary focus at WITN is non-stop content production for the station’s “22 News” and “22 News Feature” programs as well as various supportive roles across the station.

Prior to WITN, Mikaelyn was the Lead News Producer and Director of PHL17’s morning news show “Eye Opener” in Philadelphia. She has also been a freelance camera operator for the Philadelphia Phillies since 2012, and a freelance content producer for local and national nonprofits such as the ALS Association and the Travis Manion Foundation since 2014.

Mikaelyn received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a captain of the Women’s Basketball team and threw discuss for the Women’s Track & Field team.  Mikaelyn’s time at Penn inspired her career in content production and the art of storytelling through video.  Shortly after graduating she produced a feature-length documentary on the Palestra, Penn’s historic basketball arena, which premiered on ESPN in 2007.

Amanda R. Robins

Producer

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Amanda Robins joined WITN in May of 2019. She served as the Lead Producer/Set Designer on Everyday People with India Sage, and currently Lead Produces Wilmington City Council Meetings and Wilmington City Council Committee Meetings. She is also actively involved in the production of 22 News Feature stories.

Amanda was born and raised in the City of Wilmington. She started her media career as a Set Designer on independent films and web series in Los Angeles, and then relocated to Baltimore to work as the Set Decorating Assistant for Netflix’s House of Cards season one. She has worked in a freelance capacity along the east coast as a Production Assistant/Art Department Assistant on reality and scripted television shows including The Amazing Race, Brew Dogs, Undercover Boss, and others.

Amanda graduated magna cum laude from Towson University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media and Film (Film Concentration).

Saquan Stimpson

Digital Media &  Web Content Coordinator

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Saquan Stimpson joined the WITN team in January 2017. He develops and produces content for WITN social media platforms, as well as television.

Saquan photographs a variety of City Council Members, to accurately depict the council members duties in their communities. He produces, edits short news style videos, and tweets images live from the field. Saquan also keeps WITN social media updated “organically” by posting created content to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He monitors social media traffic and grows the platforms.

Saquan also performs broadcast duties for city Council or committee meetings TV Broadcast as needed. He regularly updates WITN22 website, while also handling communications with web developer “if needed.” He monitors City Council and Committee meetings via Zoom platform and YouTube, and builds meaningful relationships with community organizations that helps produce new content. Saquan also distributes City Council and Committee meetings LIVE meeting links from YouTube to Facebook and Twitter and assists other producers with their production of content.