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Biography | Derik Hines

Born in the city of Chicago, Derik Hines' character and personality has taken him around the world and back 


Derik graduated from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL with a degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting. While attending Lewis, he had the opportunity to be an assistant coach for the women's team as well as the volleyball announcer during home games. 


Derik was also a radio Disc Jockey for 5 years on WLRA 88.1 FM. His witty personality allowed him to bring on many characters to the show w/ his many impersonations. 


After his college years, Derik continued his career in the media industry as a freelance videographer and editor. He had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica to film various artists such as Steve Harvey, Lala Anthony, and Lil Wayne to name a few.  Derik ventured back to Chicago where he started filming artists such as Ruben Studdard, Doug Banks from the morning crew, Nick Canon, and Mary J. Blige. 


His journey didn't stop there. In 2005, with his persistent drive, he landed a job with one of the most well-known women in the media industry: Oprah Winfrey. While working at Harpo Studios, he had the pleasure to work on various shows: Iyanla Fix My Life, Super Soul Sunday, and Master Class to name a few. In the span of over ten years, he worked as a videographer, assistant editor, legal logger, and producer. 


In 2007, Derik went back to his Alma mater, Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF). to work as a Special Ed teachers' assistant. He also coached boys basketball on the freshman level, having had the esteemed privilege to coach a young man, 1-time NBA Champion and Sacramento Kings player, Iman Shumpert. Derik coached for three years including 1 year as the Sophomore Women’s basketball coach at OPRF. And in 2016 he also taught in the Film/TV program at OPRF.


In 2010, Derik became a professor at the Illinois Media School, formally known as The Illinois Center for Broadcasting where he teaches Film, TV Broadcasting, Editing, and Videography.


Derik Hines is a man of many talents. He enjoys coaching basketball, cooking, mentoring, teaching and of course being in the media industry. He's also into collecting baseball and basketball cards as well as memorabilia and gym shoes. 


In 2017, a dream was developed to help small Chicago businesses; a place where media students could showcase their art and feel safe as well as an expanding network to connect people and help them grow their own dreams. A Network now known as Stories to Savor.


Some of his hidden talents include voice impersonating and singing. 



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