Some highlights from my pre-Montana reporting career:
-I served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Gate, the official student publication of the UChicago Institute of Politics, for the 2015-16 school year. In this role, I oversaw the addition of 31 new writers to the publication, and assisted writers with all aspects of the reporting process.
-Before that, I was the Gate’s Chicago editor….the year of a mayoral election in the city and gubernatorial election in Illinois. That was an unforgettable intro to local journalism, interviewing mayoral candidates Jesús “Chuy” García and Bob Fioretti, live-tweeting a mayoral debate, and discovering aspects of my adopted hometown that ranged from the mortgage payments strike in Chicago to a forgotten missile base in Jackson Park.
-In the summer of 2015, I lived in Santiago, Chile for two months and did research for my undergraduate thesis, about US- and European-run astronomical observatories during the Pinochet dictatorship. It was an adventure that took me from the basement of the Biblioteca Nacional in Santiago, to the Cerro Tololo Inter-American observatory (7000 feet above sea level!), to several offices, apartments, and sidewalk cafés where I met and interviewed a colorful cast of characters. My paper was accepted for honors in April 2016, and I plan to revise it for publication…eventually.
-I got my feet wet with multimedia journalism in summer 2016, when I interned with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, DC. There, I learned to make interactive maps for an eBook entitled To End AIDS, now available for download on iTunes.