Entertainment • Music • Dance • Interviews • News
Dayna (Marie) Haffenden knew writing was for her at the early age of ten years old. Her sister named her after the famous news anchor, Dana Tyler, which inspired her to become the greatest journalist. Dayna received many honors while attending Hunter College, including getting on the Dean’s List more than twice. She majored in Journalism and minored in Dance. What separates Dayna from most is her eagerness and determination to get ahead. With that in mind, Dayna graduated with her Bachelor’s degree at twenty-one, within a three-year period.
She landed her first internship at Cumulus Media because of her experience as a writer for Hunter College’s online publication. She proved to Cumulus Media, that as a digital intern, she wanted to stay and grow. After three months of interning for Cumulus and working with the four different stations: 77 WABC, NASH 94.7, Radio 103.9, and 95.5 PLJ, her boss began discussing the possibility of her becoming the new social media manager. She gathered everything she learned from Cumulus and interned for HOT 97 where she was exposed to all aspects of radio and quite a bit of writing.
Her most recent internship, Vibe Magazine, was a walk in the park. Dayna wrote over sixty articles for Vibe and published an interview piece for Oprah Winfrey’s “O’s Girls” special. Dayna not only wrote for Vibe, but has a self-titled website (daynamariejournalist.com) where she conducts interviews, album reviews, and entertainment stories. On this website, she has interviewed “Dance Moms” star Gianna Martello and Beyonce’s main dancers: Ashley Everett, Dnay Baptiste and Amandy Fernandez. Currently, she serves as the News Writer for MusicTimes.com and the Entertainment Editor for AtlantaBlackStar.com, where she writes original and engaging content.
Dayna wants to expand her journalism career to on-air. She loves to write and is willing to take on any opportunity that will help guide her into the person she is destined to be. She is only twenty-two years old and remains humble, hungry, but most importantly, ready.