VIDEO: University of Derby graduate Nikki Aaron lands top TV presenter role on CNC World, part of huge Xinhua News Agency in China
A GRADUATE from Derby who moved to Beijing to teach has landed a job as a presenter on the biggest news network in China.
Nikki Aaron, 30, headed east in 2007, as part of a work placement programme run by the University of Derby and Rolls-Royce.
The plan was to become an English teacher and for a while she did just that.
But now she is the anchor and roving reporter for 24-hour English-language news channel CNC World, part of the huge Xinhua News Agency.
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And since she aced the interview for the role she has taken on several prestigious jobs, including becoming the first foreign reporter to interview the family of the Dalai Lama.
Nikki, originally from Nuneaton, completed a media studies degree at the University of Derby in 2007.
She said: "I was given the opportunity to teach English at a school in Shanghai. I was meant to stay a year but ended up extending my stay and moving to Beijing."
She said that, after a while, she realised teaching was not for her and decided to try to make it as a journalist.
"Once I arrived in Beijing, I started networking a lot and freelancing for magazines. By 2010, I had co-launched a monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine, 12,000 copies of which are distributed across the city each month."
This got her noticed by Xinhua, China's state news agency and the biggest network in the country. She was offered a role as a reporter and news anchor, presenting daily to millions of viewers.
"As much as I love being in the studio and reading the daily news, there's nothing quite like the thrill of being out in the field," said Nikki.
"Some of my most memorable features include Beijing's strangest restaurants, in which I travelled around Beijing eating at some truly bizarre places – including a restaurant that themed all of its dishes and décor on excrement."
But despite her high-profile position, she said she still manages to remain anonymous in the street
She said: "On a recent stopover in Hong Kong, I was secretly hoping someone might point me out, considering my show is aired on the giant screens at Hong Kong airport, as well as on the subway trains there.
"But alas, nobody did!"
She said her family found her absence difficult but they were proud of her.
She said: "I think everyone has kind of adapted to the situation. I am in constant contact with everyone in my family. I speak to my mum, dad and brothers all the time. They see what I am doing and I think they're proud of me, so I think that makes it okay."