Phavanna Nina Scheller is a successful creator who is passionate about making a positive difference. What sets her apart from others is her resourcefulness, versatility, energy, creativity and efficiency. She's an accomplished Emmy-award winning media professional with nearly two decades of combined experience in television and video production, digital marketing, news and writing. Though she loves storytelling, her greatest passion lies in working with organizations for a good cause and helping communities thrive. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities, where she serves as the CEO's right-hand person overseeing 18 community radio stations all across the state.
In 2011, she formed her own successful brand of Phavanna Media, where her dream of inspiring and informing the masses through her media services became a reality. The heart of Phavanna Media work is promoting worthy humanitarian causes and storytelling at its best. It's her dream to keep it alive.
Nina's television career began at the age of 16. As a teen, she contributed to the popular "Whatever" show, a teen magazine series on KARE-TV, the number one station in Minneapolis/St. Paul. She covered everything from teen health, academics, to movies, and music.
In college, Nina worked at Dateline NBC in Los Angeles where she covered breaking news, produced her first national medical segment for NBC Nightly News, and shadowed some of the best storytellers in the TV business including Keith Morrison and Katie Couric.
Nina also worked at WCCO-TV as a Production Assistant where she was given a real dose of local news. Her time there inspired her to pack her bags and accept a job at KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she worked as a weekend anchor, morning show host, reporter, and photojournalist.
She continued her news career for a few more years as a freelance reporter for KARE-TV and as a reporter for WTEN-TV in Albany, New York where she covered live breaking news to inspiring human interest stories.
It wasn't long before her passion for food, travel, and other cultures, landed her a gig as a television producer for the hit international TV show "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" which airs in dozens of countries on the Travel Channel. She also worked on other Travel Channel productions as a Senior Producer.
Nina also served as a media trainer and consultant with Homeland Security where she coached and trained Generals and high ranking officers how to effectively communicate messages in the media, particularly during a crisis.
In her spare time, she enjoys nature, journaling, traveling, cooking, visits to the local coffee shops, and spending time with her family and friends.