Shelvia Dancy is a television news anchor (and former newspaper reporter) with a law degree, a master’s degree, and is a “military brat” who speaks Japanese.
She has worked as a national correspondent in Washington, D.C., and published articles in The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. She has also reported for CNN, The Oxygen Network, and The Discovery Channel, and worked in Memphis and Syracuse.
She has also worked as a journalist-in-residence at N.C. State University, and as an adjunct journalism instructor at NCCU, teaching everything from Media Law to Reporting and Writing.
She has also volunteered at Duke University and Syracuse University, teaching English to students from other countries.
She earned a “Forty Under 40” Outstanding Alumni Award from NC Central University. She has a law degree from NCCU School of Law, where she was elected vice president of the trial team and won a Susie Sharpe Inn of Court scholarship, which is given every year to one law student chosen from NCCU, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill or Campbell. She earned a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in English/journalism from NC Central University on a full academic scholarship, then earned a master’s degree (magna cum laude) in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University on a journalism fellowship.
As an undergraduate at NCCU she was editor of the student newspaper, and twice won the university’s Outstanding Student Journalist award. She was also one of 17 students in the nation offered a reporting internship with The Associated Press. She also earned 3rd place in the Duke University Annual Japanese Speech Contest, and competed on the NCCU tennis team.
At NCCU School of Law, she also served on the Moot Court Board, and placed in the top 8 in a regional moot court competition. She won 1st place in the law school’s Willie Gary 3L Closing Argument Competition. She was on the trial team that ranked #2 in the Regional Finals for an American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition.
She was on the trial team that earned 2nd Place against 31 other teams in the annual Kilpatrick Stockton Mock Trial Competition at UNC Chapel Hill. She earned “Best Attorney” in one round.