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Rose Tibayan is an award-winning broadcast journalist and digital media entrepreneur. She began her news career as a production assistant with NBC Nightly News in New York City, and went on to become a reporter/anchor at KUAM-TV (NBC) Guam; WINK-TV (CBS) Fort Myers; and WPVI-TV (ABC) Philadelphia -- the 4th-largest television market in the country.
Today she is leveraging her reporting skills, lifelong passion for entrepreneurship, and instinct for business, as the driving force of Blackline Review, an online business publication that covers the technology and venture ecosystem in Chicago.
In 2011, Rose earned an M.A. in medical and science journalism from Columbia University (New York City), where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Medical Foundation scholar. She was awarded a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reporting Media fellowship at KTVU-TV (FOX) San Francisco where she enterprised, wrote, and produced an exclusive three-part public health series called "The Dental Epidemic of Alameda County". The series received a national 2011 Public Health category award from the Association of Healthcare Journalists (AHCJ). In 2007, Rose received a Telly Award for a story she produced called "Kansasbio" about the academic, corporate, and government efforts in Kansas City to establish a thriving bioscience ecosystem.
Rose also holds a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware. She is fluent in Tagalog, has traveled to several continents, and loves to ski. She lives in downtown Chicago with her husband, Don Villar, an attorney and Emmy Award-winning veteran newswriter and producer at ABC7 Chicago (WLS-TV).
I'm up forHearing from startup founders who have a great story to tell... meeting bright people with good ideas... and impromptu invites from friends to the places with the best food in Chicago. (I like seafood, sushi, and French!) :)