Interested in radio and television production from an early age, Cherie K. MacQueen also held a profound interest in art, handcrafts and drafting while in high school. She earned an Associate of Arts in liberal arts from Los Angeles Valley College in 1982, followed by a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies from Excelsior College in 1993. Soon thereafter, she completed postgraduate coursework at California State University, San Bernardino, in 1998. Commencing her career in 1980 as a radio traffic specialist for Armed Forces Radio & TV Service, now known as American Forces Network, Ms. MacQueen remained with the production company for the majority of her career. In 1984, she became a radio production specialist, followed by a supervisor broadcast specialist in 1986 and broadcast support manager in 1990. From 1991 to 1994, she served as an internal information manager, and soon thereafter, became a news and sports specialist until departing from the company in 1999.
Certified in interior design by the University of California Riverside in 2002, Ms. MacQueen later served as the owner of The Keilani Company and Ladysmythe Handcrafts from 2003 to 2007. Much earlier in her career, she enlisted in the U.S. Army, where she first acted as a personnel specialist from 1973 to 1975, then administrative specialist from 1975 to 1977 and broadcast journalist from 1977 to 1980. In light of her military service, she received two Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal. She cites a career highlight to be doing assignment work in Vicenza, Italy, in radio and broadcasting while in the military.
Attributing her success to her education and varied experience in her field, Ms. MacQueen is a native of Kansas City, MO, and currently resides in Highland, CA. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting and crocheting.
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