A small-town, Mississippi girl with big dreams, Abigail R. Hathorn started chasing a career in media at sixteen when she created a fashion blog called Vintage Inspired Passionista (VIP). By seventeen, Hathorn was running her website in conjunction with writing a fashion-based column for a local newspaper and was working as the head fashion stylist and contributor for a local magazine.
In 2014, Hathorn's family relocated to Johnson City, Tennessee where Abby began exploring even wider horizons. While freelance writing for a number of publications, Hathorn studied Broadcasting at Northeast State Community College. During her time at Northeast State, she was actively involved with the Mass Communications department where she hosted and produced over twenty episodes of Direction: Northeast, the college's thirty-minute interview show. Upon her graduation in May 2016, Hathorn was awarded as the Outstanding Mass Communications Student of 2015/2016 as well as one of the Top 5 Outstanding Students of the Year (out of approx 5,000 students). Because of her involvement at Northeast State Community College, Hathorn received the Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarship to further her education at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. Now a senior at Emory & Henry College, Hathorn is studying Mass Communications with a concentration in broadcasting. Abby is the Host for EHC-TV, a work study student for the Mass Communications department and WEHC 90.7, is on the collegiate dance team, is the Social Chair for the Men's Rugby Club, is a sister of Kappa Phi Alpha social sorority, and is a Blue & Gold Society ambassador. Also, at the 2017 Mass Comm Weekend, Hathorn was a recipient of the Alf Goodykoontz (alumni) Award for her outstanding efforts in the department. This summer, Hathorn will be interning at WCYB Channel 5 in Bristol, Virginia, to grow her broadcasting experience outside the classroom. Upon completing her B.A. in Mass Communications from Emory & Henry in May 2018, Abby has plans on working for a television station while attending grad school part-time.